Webinar | Provincial Intervention in a Municipal Crisis – Lessons from Makana

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Webinar | Provincial Intervention in a Municipal Crisis – Lessons from Makana

3rd November 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and the Mail & Guardian invite you to the

Water Rights Webinar Series

Provincial intervention in a municipal crisis: Lessons from Makana

Makana is a municipality in crisis. It faces various service delivery, administrative and financial challenges. Water supply across the municipality, and in Makhanda in particular, has been crippled by aging infrastructure and a severe drought. The Eastern Cape provincial government has intervened twice in terms of section 139 of the Constitution, which provides for provincial intervention into local government when a municipality is in crisis. When neither of those interventions resulted in the desired change, community activists approached the Makhanda High Court which ordered the dissolution of the Makana Municipal Council. Unfortunately, Makana is not an outlier but part of a systemic picture of local government collapse across the country.

When:  Tuesday, 3 November 2020; 10h30-12h00 via Zoom

Who:   Dr Tracy Ledger (Public Affairs Research Institute) • Pam Yako (Former Provincial Administrator of Makana Local Municipality) • Ayanda Kota (Unemployed People’s Movement) • Athandiwe Saba (Mail & Guardian) • Facilitated by Lisa Chamberlain (Wits Law School and Research Associate at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, Wits University).

RSVP:  Register for the Zoom webinar here by 2 November 2020.

  • Download the invitation here.

Launched reports:

  • Download the synthesis report here.
  • Download the uMgungundlovu case study here.
  • Download the Marikana informal settlement case study here.


3rd November 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Socio-Economic Rights Instititue (SERI)
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