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Title:SANCO: Strategic Dilemmas in a Democratic South Africa
Author:Seekings, JeremyISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
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Abbreviation:SANCO=South African National Civic Organisation
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=669
Abstract:The South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) was launched in March 1992, for the first time bringing township-based civic organizations together in a national civic structure. From the beginning, SANCO has been prominent intermittently at the national level. Since 1994, however, its national profile has declined. SANCO faces four immediate challenges which will influence its development: a high turnover among leadership, together with a high proportion of inactive leaders; severe financial problems; marginalization in policymaking and implementation; and tensions in the relationship with the ANC as a political party. A striking innovation on SANCO's part has been its shift into the world of business (the formation of SANCO Investment Holdings, SIH). SANCO could move in different strategic directions: it could concentrate on business deals or get involved in low-cost housing; there is the watchdog role, and the 'two hats' model: SANCO members who are elected as local councillors could retain their SANCO membership. SANCO will have to decide how to enforce any decision it takes at either the national or local level, and is therefore perhaps most likely not to make any decision at all. Bibliogr., notes, ref.