DOSSIER: LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2016

Considering the importance of the next local elections as a barometer as to know if the political system will remain under the dominance of the ANC or if a multiparty trend will emerge, the South African office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Johannesburg compiled some information on selected events and reports on the fifth democratic General Election, which take place on 3 August.


Municipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality for the next five years. Municipal councils ensure services that impact the daily lives of citizens in their areas, including water, electricity and sanitation. When South Africa goes to the polls for the next municipal elections on 3 August, 26.3-million voters will be eligible to cast their ballots.




KAS REPORTS ON THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS


- LÄNDERBERICHT Dr Holger Dix: Das Ende der Einparteien-Dominanz des ANC (German only!)


- LÄNDERBERICHT Tilmann Feltes: Südafrika vor Veränderungen im dominanten Parteiensystem. Verliert der ANC weitere Großstädte? (German only!)


- Candidates, Polls, Political Environment and Key Facts


- Decentralisation in South Africa: How does it work?


- Results and Outcome of the 2011 Local Elections












SELECTED EVENTS OF THE KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG IN SOUTH AFRICA


13 July 2016:2016 Local Government Election Political Parties Dialogue


in cooperation with KAS partner the Democracy Development Programme


The discussion organised by DDP with the support of KAS created a conducive space for political parties to unpack their Local Government Election manifestos and to afford citizens an opportunity to engage them.





23 July 2016:Local Elections 2016 Youth Dialogue Series


in cooperation with KAS partner YouthLab


The dialogue aimed at providing a platform for the youth to engage with politicians and discuss the manifestoes of different political parties. The discussion helped the youth, most of whom are first time voters to make an informed decision.






25 July 2016:LAUNCH OF THE KZN CIVIL SOCIETY OBSERVER MISSION – 850 OBSERVERS, 30 MEDIATORS, 20 VIOLENCE MONITORS DEPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE


in cooperation with KAS partner Democracy Development Programme


This civil society Election Observation Workshop took place at the Diakonia Centre in Durban on July 25, 2016. The workshop was a partnership between DDP, KAS and KZNCSOC. The purpose of the workshop was to train organisation members to be accredited election observers, who will then equip members of their organisations with election observation skills and deploy accordingly comes election time on August 3, 2016. This will be the largest observer mission ever deployed by civil society.




MAIN PARTIES' MANIFESTOS


African National Congress (ANC)



Democratic Alliance (DA)



Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)



Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)





UP-TO-DATE POLLS FOR THE THREE MOST CONTESTED METROS


All polls


Johannesburg


Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elisabeth)


Pretoria (Tshwane)




Please find here the SOUTH AFRICA ELECTION UPDATE 2016 - Election Observation - Combatting Conflictan, jointly written by our partner, the DDP, and the Electoral Institute of South Africa (EISA):




FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE RESULTS OF THE 2011 LOCAL ELECTIONS:The results are available here





FURTHER LINKS AND INFORMATION


The System of Municipalities in South Africa(IEC)


FAQ about the elections (IEC)


Understanding Local Government in South Africa


South Africa Election Updates


Useful link to search data about the South African political and social context


IPSOS Polls - South African branch


Media coverage focusing on the elections


To know who is your councilor:


Mobile app for the elections powered by the IEC





Kontakt

Henning Suhr

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Leiter des Auslandsbüros Südafrika

Henning.Suhr@kas.de +27 11 214 29 00 +27 11 214 29 13/14
Einzeltitel
13. August 2016
Tilmann Feltes im Interview mit Deutsche Welle und HR-Info (German only!)
Länderberichte
17. August 2016
Kommunalwahlen 2016. Das Ende der Einparteien-Dominanz des ANC (Länderbericht Dr. Holger Dix, 30.08.2016, German only!)
Länderberichte
27. Juli 2016
Südafrika vor Veränderungen im dominanten Parteiensystem. Verliert der ANC weitere Großstädte? (Länderbericht Tilmann Feltes, 27.07.2016, German only!)