Local South African Economic Conditions

Series: Adverse International and Local Conditions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 5)

As the world economy spirals into crisis stage, with fully-fledged deglobalisation and a new round of financial turmoil, the South African context is just as foreboding.

Africa’s Renewed Crises of Unbalanced Trade, Disinvestment, Debt

Series: Adverse International and Local Conditions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 4)

In addition to China, Africa is meant to be one of the most critical markets for South Africa’s SEZs, and attracting other investment, trade and finance to the continent was one justification for entering the BRICS bloc, according to Jacob Zuma and his colleagues.

The China Factor

Series: Adverse International and Local Conditions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 3)

The most crucial factor in whether South African SEZs succeed may well be the complicated role of China.

There are three aspects worth discussing: overall demand; Chinese incoming FDI to South African SEZs (such as is driving Coega and Musina-Makhado); and Chinese-financed and built competition via the Belt & Road Initiative, which is spawning massive export-oriented infrastructure in many India Ocean cities, ports and hinterlands.

Participatory Development Activist Research


Official names:
Shireen De Visser – Senior Manager Governance and Risk
Gurswin Cain – Manager IDP and Performance Management

The meeting which was held at the Kayamandi Community Hall had in attendance all the Wards representatives within the community. The representatives comprises of Ward Administrators, Ward Committee Members, and Councilors from all the Wards. There are four (4) Wards within Kayamandi community and they are; Ward 12, 13, 14, and 15. This Ward Plan meeting is held twice in a year. The first for this year was held in March 2019. And the main purpose of the meeting is to assess and ensure that the community representatives and municipality are on the same page in terms of key priorities projects identified earlier from the IDP public participation meeting held in September 2019.

Each table had on it documents to be used by the community representatives (Ward Administrators, Ward Committees members) and Councilors for the participatory process. The documents on each table are; Template for priorities, Attendance register and 2019/2020 Ward priorities and feedback booklet.

Template for priorities: this form is provided by the municipality for the community representatives to populate by either re-prioritize or leave their earlier identified needs as it is. This need identification process reduce the broader needs of the community to specifics. From the municipality side, it allows and help for linking each specifically identified need by the community representatives to a directorate responsible.

Attendance register: the attendance register captures all the community representatives present at the Ward plan meeting. It becomes vital because a participant, either a Ward Councilor present or a nominated community representative has to sign on the template to be submitted to the municipality at the end of the project identification process.

2019/2020 Ward priorities and

Brief Description Of The Kayamandi Project

The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) South Africa and the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) Nigeria: a case study-based analysis, is a research project being carried out by the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE). This project is born out of the rampant issues surrounding development and poverty in most third world countries especially sub-Sahara African countries. Larger population of the citizens of these countries are trapped in poverty despite huge and several developmental initiatives, programmes and project initiated by governments of these countries and voluntary organizations at grassroots levels. This participatory development project is focused on two major areas which are; level of participation/stakeholders engagement and the nature of participatory development approach use by development providers.

With Kayamandi and Bwari communities as case studies in South Africa and Nigeria respectively, Alaji Friday and Prof. Lisa Thompson are working together to assess the level of participation and/or inclusiveness in developmental projects in rural communities in both countries. And to also examine the knowledge and nature of participatory development approach use by project staff. This research entails a check on how participatory these two projects are and to ascertain the staff’s level of knowledge on participatory development.

Left to Right: Gurswin Cain, Shireen De Visser, Alaji Friday , Lisa Thompson

The two cases to be studied (Kayamandi – South Africa and Bwari – Nigeria) are faced with both developmental and socio-economic issues. Some of the common challenges they share are; infrastructure challenges (roads and drainages), lack basic social amenities (potable water, good road, and light), poor service delivery, good governance issues, poor health, and educational facilities, low-income levels, high rate of unemployment, low level of education and high crime rate.

The municipalities which are hosts to these communities under investigation are also faced with a lot of challenges ranging from …

South African Special Economic Zones : History of Limited Successes

Series: Adverse International and Local Conditions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 1)

Given both short- and longer-term trends in the world and South African economies, there is a danger of government and society placing inordinate hopes in what are variously termed Export Processing Zones, Industrial Development Zones and Special Economic Zones (SEZs), as sources of economic vitality and job creation.