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Local Governance Service Delivery Issues during Apartheid and Post-apartheid South Africa

S. L. Sithole, Ntsako S. Mathonsi
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 3, No 3 | a87 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v3i3.87 | © 2015 S. L. Sithole, Ntsako S. Mathonsi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 November 2016 | Published: 01 September 2015

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S. L. Sithole, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Ntsako S. Mathonsi, University of Limpopo, South Africa

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The debate on service delivery and governance takes a centre stage across disciplines, schools of thought, countries, and in all platforms where people are able to raise their views othe two subjects. According to scholars and analysts, service delivery and
governance are closely related, and in many forms of government, service delivery occurs at the lower sphere which is the sphere closer to communities. TheSouth African context can serve as an exact scenario of this model. This makes local government to be a very important subject on matters of service delivery. South Africa has an interesting history that makes scholars, analysts, commentaries, and media companies worldwide to always keep a close eye on what happens in the country. This becomes clear from the analysis which makes the country to be theorised as a colonisation of a special type. It therefore becomes inevitable to consider the antecedents that shaped the manner in which governance and service delivery were mapped out in South Africa. This paper serves as analysis of local government and service delivery both in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.


Local Government; Apartheid; Post-apartheid; Governance; Service Delivery; South Africa


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