Joburg Advocacy Group (JAG): April 2010

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Protests Not Just About Service Delivery


"There were more protests around the country in the first three months of this year than in any equivalent period since 1994," says Yunus Carrim, deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

And the protests have been about much more than just service delivery:

"The protests are also about a range of other municipal issues, including maladministration, nepotism, fraud, corruption and the failure of councillors and administrators to listen," he said.

"But it is the rage of sections of the protesters and the extent of violence and destruction they wreak that is striking. It reflects a far more fundamental alienation of people from our democracy."

In short, democracy in South Africa is failing us and if we, the people, don't get involved to ensure that it remains a living, breathing, fair, just and relevant system, it will continue to fail. Get involved - and do whatever you can do to make a difference where you stand.

Our future depends on what we do today.

See TimesOnline for more.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Commentary Invited: What is the Future of the ANC?


Veteran activist, Zackie Achmat, is asking South Africans what their views are on the future of the ANC. Can it be transformed from within to be a truly democratic and representative organisation, or has that horse already bolted?
Have your say at Writing Rights, the Centre for Law and Social Justice.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Public Objections to Proposed Rates and Tariffs Increases


This is just to advise all City of Joburg residents that if they'd like to object to the proposed new 2010/11 rates and tariffs increases - either individually or collectively - they can do so for the next 30 days.

Details of the proposed new tariff structure are available on the city's web site, and any objections must be made in writing.

These should be addressed to the Mpho Mapheto in the City Manager's office at either mphomap@joburg.co.za, tariffcomments@joburg.co.za or P.O. Box 1409, Johannesburg, 2000. Residents who are unable to write can make verbal submissions at a number of different city offices (contact us for further details if you need them).