LAUNCH OF THE DEEPENING DEMOCRACY PROJECTS 14 MAY 2010
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality hosted the civic reception to launch the Partnership for the Deepening Democracy Project in the presence of the French Ambassador, Mr Jacques Lapouge, in partnership with the Built Environment Support Group (BESG). The project is part of French Embassy Civil Society Development Fund that is sponsored by the French Government in an effort to strengthen partnerships between Government and Civil Society, especially the marginalised sectors of society.
The French Ambassador arrives at the uMgungundlovu District Municipal Offices
The recent service delivery protests have brought into sharp focus the plight of communities whose voices have been deafened by the absence of meaningful participation programmes, particularly in the local government sphere which is closest to communities. Current attempts at public participation have not yielded the desired results as it is often seen top-down at best or one-way at worst.
Speeches were made by uMgungundlovu Mayor Bhamjee and French Ambassador Lapouge
As a result, communities have gradually lost faith in government and have increasingly grown apathetic and resentful. It is against this background that the French Government has invested in projects with a focus on civil society and building meaningful relationships between citizens and government structures. The Built Environment Support Group(BESG), one of the oldest Non-Government Organisations in the country, was chosen to champion this civil society development focus because of its impeccable track record in community empowerment. BESG has partnered with the uMgungundlovu District Municipality to make a success out this joint venture. ISSUED BY TLS KHUZWAYO, MUNICIPAL MANAGER 14 MAY 2010
French Ambassador's Speech
Project manager, Mbhe Mdlalose, presenting the baseline study