The 2012 National Development Plan (NDP) and the Recommendations of the African National Congress's National Policy Conference (held in June 2012), each propose a number of reforms and interventions to address some of the fundamental fault lines in the system of local government and local democracy. Read together, these documents are suggestive of the future shape and functioning of local government in South Africa
A Roundtable dialogue hosted by Isandla Institute on 7 November 2012 therefore examined "The shape of things to come: Towards a more accountable, responsive and people-centred local government?" It placed a particular emphasis on discussing whether the proposed reforms will indeed bring about a more accountable, responsive and people-centred local government system and what the implications are for the three-way interface between public representatives, political parties and citizens.
To further enrich this debate Eduardo Pereira, Mayor of Várzea Paulista municipality in Sao Paulo, Brazil and President of the Brazilian Association of Mayors, shared relevant experiences and lessons from Brazil.
An article in the Cape Times discussing his inputs to the Roundtable can be found here: http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/taking-the-people-to-governance-1.1422429#.UKN1TYf0BK9