ISBN 9780620938594
Pages 136
Dimensions 244 x 170mm
Published 2021
Publisher South African Association of Public Administration and Management, South Africa
Format Paperback

Future Realities of Coalition Governments in South Africa

Reflections on Coalition Governments in the Metros: 2016-2021

by Mzwandile Masina

The 2016 local government elections in South Africa, held on 3 August 2016, marked a crucial turning point in the politics of the country. These fifth local government elections in democratic South Africa were characterised by a marked change in patterns of voting, and consequently, in the constitution of local government. An unprecedented loss of power in the country's metropolitan municipalities by the governing African National Congress (ANC), which subsequently resulted in the formation of several coalition governments with opposition parties with simple majority. This seismic shift in power has had implications for local government at both a theoretical and practical level. What lessons, if any, have been learned from the 2016 elections? And how, if at all, do they help us to prepare for the multiple scenarios that could potentially play themselves out? These questions and more are engaged in this book. Through interviews with various local and national government practitioners in the country, as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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About the Author

Mzwandile Masina

Mzwandile Masina is the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and the ANC Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson. He was formerly the Deputy Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, where he had previously worked as the Director: Business Development and Customer Services. In 2012 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Film Commission. Prior to that, he was Chief Operations Officer at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. He has worked for Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency as Programme Manager responsible for Targeted Groups and Uthingo Management as General Manager: Empowerment.