Community participation through the ward system : a case study in ward 28, Maluti-A-Phofung municipality
Leboea, Alex Tsoloane
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The study basically deals with community participation for development purposes at grassroots level through the utilisation of the Ward System. The main purpose of the study was to establish reasons for non-participation of the community in municipal matters. The apparent lack of interest by the people in municipal matters and other incidental matters that affect their daily lives in ward 28 under Maluti-A-Phofung Town Council, has prompted the researcher to investigate the underlying causes for such reluctance on the part of the community. The research study was conducted through a case study investigation into reasons for lack of participation of the people in the municipal structures that have been established and designed to improve their socio- economic well-being. A qualitative, interpretative approach has been used in attempting to establish reasons. The study sought to achieve its objectives by identifying reasons for non-participation of the community. The literature study has shown that community participation in developmental issues will bring about visible and significant changes in people's circumstances and environment. The authorities must therefore always apply a people-centred approach when strategies for development are being drawn up. Based on the results of the investigation certain recommendations could be formulated in connection with active community participation and the type of relationship that should prevail between the community and the local government institutions.