Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Rivett, Ulrike
dc.contributor.author Chibota, Runyararo
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-14T16:45:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-14T16:45:46Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Chibota, R. 2018. Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29544
dc.description.abstract Public participation is considered fundamental in the management of water and sanitation. In the view of the South African government public participation is pivotal to addressing service delivery challenges in the country. However, despite investment in various participatory mechanisms, there is some reluctance from rural citizens to engage with municipalities. According to the National Policy Framework for Public Participation 2007, public participation is meant to be an “open, accountable process through which individuals and groups within selected communities can exchange views and influence decision-making. It is further defined as a democratic process of engaging people, deciding, planning, and playing an active part in the development and operation of services that affect their lives”. Thus, resistance by rural citizens to working collaboratively with the municipalities defeats the purpose of the public participation process. Preliminary literature reveals a dearth of research into the cause of the lack of interest in the public participation process from citizens. Existing literature indicates that there is dissatisfaction in the way the public participation process is being conducted, and that more examination is needed. The paucity of research is what triggered the author’s decision to analyse the participatory mechanisms being used by municipalities in the water and sanitation sector of the Eastern Cape. The study was, therefore, an assessment of participatory mechanisms and takes into account the perspectives of rural citizens whose views are thus stakeholder views. The objective was to determine the possible reasons for the dissatisfaction with the process in order to identify the factors that could be taken into account to improve the public participation process in the Eastern Cape. The main research question was: What are the South African rural publics’ perceptions on whether the participatory mechanisms used in the water and sanitation sector achieve the intended goals of public participation? The study assessed the participatory mechanisms used in the water and sanitation sector in the rural communities in South Africa. Two local municipalities in the province of Eastern Cape were used as a case study. Rural citizens’ perspectives on various participatory mechanisms were explored to establish if the mechanisms used are promoting the intended outcomes of public participation.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other information systems
dc.title Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation
dc.date.updated 2019-02-12T08:06:14Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce
dc.publisher.department Department of Information Systems
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MCom
dc.identifier.apacitation Chibota, R. (2018). <i>Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa</i>. (). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Chibota, Runyararo. <i>"Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa."</i> ., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Chibota R. Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. []. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems, 2018 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Chibota, Runyararo AB - Public participation is considered fundamental in the management of water and sanitation. In the view of the South African government public participation is pivotal to addressing service delivery challenges in the country. However, despite investment in various participatory mechanisms, there is some reluctance from rural citizens to engage with municipalities. According to the National Policy Framework for Public Participation 2007, public participation is meant to be an “open, accountable process through which individuals and groups within selected communities can exchange views and influence decision-making. It is further defined as a democratic process of engaging people, deciding, planning, and playing an active part in the development and operation of services that affect their lives”. Thus, resistance by rural citizens to working collaboratively with the municipalities defeats the purpose of the public participation process. Preliminary literature reveals a dearth of research into the cause of the lack of interest in the public participation process from citizens. Existing literature indicates that there is dissatisfaction in the way the public participation process is being conducted, and that more examination is needed. The paucity of research is what triggered the author’s decision to analyse the participatory mechanisms being used by municipalities in the water and sanitation sector of the Eastern Cape. The study was, therefore, an assessment of participatory mechanisms and takes into account the perspectives of rural citizens whose views are thus stakeholder views. The objective was to determine the possible reasons for the dissatisfaction with the process in order to identify the factors that could be taken into account to improve the public participation process in the Eastern Cape. The main research question was: What are the South African rural publics’ perceptions on whether the participatory mechanisms used in the water and sanitation sector achieve the intended goals of public participation? The study assessed the participatory mechanisms used in the water and sanitation sector in the rural communities in South Africa. Two local municipalities in the province of Eastern Cape were used as a case study. Rural citizens’ perspectives on various participatory mechanisms were explored to establish if the mechanisms used are promoting the intended outcomes of public participation. DA - 2018 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2018 T1 - Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa TI - Assessing public participatory mechanisms in the water and sanitation sector in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29544 ER - en_ZA


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