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Wednesday, February 22, 2006



Maybe the economy is doing well despite the government, not because of it.

If people are reduced to rioting over public utilities then the issue is not economic but managerial, I fear.


Although slow service delivery is an issue down here, and communities do occasionally protest about such issues, it is worth noting that the Khutsong uprisings are primarily due to the community fearing a reversal in service delivery. The town is being reclassified from the relatively affluent, entirely urban/suburban Gauteng to the poor, mainly ex-homeland, rural North West province. The central concern appears to be decreased future access to services, slower delivery and less accountability, rather than a total lack of such to date. While there is indeed much more to do in South Africa and service delivery protests do exist, this is a poor example to use to highlight the issue.


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