De-politicisation of service delivery in local government : prospects for development in South Africa

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  • SDG 1
  • Abstract:

    Most African countries have undergone administrative reform since the end of colonisation and oppression. These measures were imperative as they aim at creating an environment conducive for development, growth and prosperity for the continent. However, Africa is still faced with a myriad of challenges. This article aims at providing an explanation of how to achieve an effective public service by utilising a depoliticised local government. It begins by exploring the concepts of politicisation and de-politicisation. The article argues that de-politicisation as an administrative reform will usher in a professionalised local government, where the improvement of the delivery of services is achieved and sustainability of the quality of services is maintained. The article provides a conclusion and recommendations summarising the salient feature of the discussion of dissociating politics from administration when delivering services to citizens, thereby ensuring development through equitable and efficient provision of services.