Yıl 2018, Cilt: 10 Sayı : 1 Sayfalar 114 - 128 2018-01-01
ROLE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Kgalema MASHAMAİTE,Mankolo LETHOKO
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Öz Currently, local governments in South Africa are characterised by and facedwith mammoth challenges of high poverty and unemployment levels, poor orlack services, stagnant local economies, shortage of skills required to propellocal economic development, lack of administrative capacity and ineffectiveimplementation of policies. Local governments, particularly local municipalitiesin South Africa have an constitutional obligation to play a critical role inpromoting social and economic development in terms of section 152 ofthe Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 and the White Paper onLocal Government of 1998, which clearly entrenches developmental duties ofmunicipalities. Both documents encourage municipalities, through LocalEconomic Development (LED), to play a leading role in as far as creating jobopportunities and poverty reduction are concerned. Thus, viable LEDstrategies are necessary to unfurl local economies with a view of addressingsocietal problems of high unemployment, high poverty levels and lack of accessto basic services in many local communities across the country. The paperargues that in order for local municipalities to accelerate the creation of jobs,reduction of poverty, effective service delivery and improve the quality of life among the local people, the LED strategy should be well formulated andeffectively implemented, and local government should assume an active role inthis process. It is in this regard that the paper seeks to examine the role that thesphere of local government plays in the planning and promotion of the LED inSouth Africa’s local municipalities.

Anahtar Kelimeler

local economic development, developmental local government, service delivery, local government, planning
Blakely, E. (1994). Planning local economic development: Theory and practice. London: SAGE Publications.
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Kgalema MASHAMAİTE
Mankolo LETHOKO