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How To Steal A City is the story of a South African corruption buster. It is analogous to that of the Kenyan whistleblower in Michela Wrong's book, It's Our Turn To Eat. The book is a throbbing oeuvre compositionally styled like a novel. It dissects the anatomy of state capture. Its narrative is a sordid detail of how party politics can go rogue and implicate the state. It lays bare the paradox of post-apartheid South Africa: socio-economic injustice in a democracy where government is ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:16:22

A performance management system plays a crucial role in an organisation that seeks to realise efficiency and effectiveness, and eventually internalise a performance culture among its leadership, management and staff. Performance management in the public sector, especially local government, has been relegated to the management of performance by employees against the set organisational goals that are embodied in their departmental strategic plans.

The aim of the study is to explain th ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:05:35

Citizens of South Africa are currently desperate for service delivery at local government level. Ensuring the delivery of desired levels of service to communities, through municipalities, is vital to eradicate the inequalities of the past and to ensure a better life for all. This study aims to appraise gender interactions and evaluate the effect of parity on the organisational commitment of female employees. Gender parity, the equal representation of men and women, supports the principles of ...

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2021-Jun-25 13:00:06

This study evaluated the relationship between the Human Resource Management Practices (HRMP) and employee commitment within the Mnquma Local Municipality. Public entities in South Africa are faced with a high labour turnover and strategies are required that assist in reducing this. HRMP play an important role in the effective functioning of such public entities. A need exists to ascertain the possible linkage between organisational capabilities such as HRMP and outcome variables such as emplo ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:55:30

This research investigates community stakeholder perceptions of the local government stakeholder engagement practices in the Bekkersdal Township, south of Johannesburg. Bekkersdal Township has experienced a number of violent service delivery protests in recent years, and has been labelled by a specialised local government data and intelligence organisation called Municipal IQ, as a service delivery protest hotspot in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. It is, therefore, essential to obtain ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:52:30

South Africa is a typical, liberal, representative, democratic state whereby the ability of the elected representatives' decision-making power is subject to the constitutional laws that emphasise the protection of the rights and freedoms of individuals. Public participation places obligations and limitations on the leaders on the extent to which the will of the majority can be exercised against the rights of minorities. However, the success of a liberal democratic government can only be m ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:49:13

Oversight and the separation of powers in governments all over the world is a contested issue. Who does what and who should do what is often not clear. The purpose of this article is to refer to the notion of oversight and the separation of powers in their pure theoretical sense and then attempt to describe their application, particularly the oversight and separation of powers prescribed by legislation and internal policy, as they relate to the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM) ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:46:21

As the realities of climate change become more evident, countries are continually developing adaptation and mitigation strategies to ameliorate the effects. Policymaking is a major tool being used globally and at all levels of governance to manage climate change and its effects. In many developed countries, there are structured climate change policy frameworks that address distinct sectors of the economy, which also allow for accountability. However, the same cannot be said of the cities in d ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:41:26

Local governments (LGs), in countries implementing decentralisation policy reform, have been given a crucial role in the policy implementation process that includes, inter alia, monitoring the implementation of decentralised programmes to ensure that the programmes are efficiently and effectively implemented, and they have made numerous efforts to execute this role. These include designing monitoring systems, capacity development, engaging the community in the monitoring process and collabora ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:38:13

Unlike previous local elections, 2016 yielded the most dramatic results. Control over three of South Africa's metropolitan municipalities – Tshwane, Johannesburg (Joburg) and Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) switched hands in one swoop. The African National Congress (ANC) lost power in three municipalities.What has subsequently happened, post 2016, suggests that the shock that greeted the results was simply an introduction into what would become a permanent feature of SA's political lan ...

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2021-Jun-25 12:34:59