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Title:No home for revolutionaries? The structures and activities of the South African National Civic Organisation in metropolitan Cape Town, 1996-97
Author:Seekings, JeremyISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
political systems
popular participation
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03033128
Abstract:Many of the actors on the 'new' South African political stage are familiar from the 'old' South Africa. But the appearance of continuity should not obscure profound changes that have affected each of these actors, as well as their relative power and influence. One of the most striking changes has been the decline of the township-based civic movement, and SANCO (South African National Civic Organization) in particular. During 1992-1993 SANCO played a high profile role in national politics, taking the lead in the negotiated transformation of local government and in initiatives around urban housing and infrastructural development. At present, however, the organization is in crisis. This paper examines the structure and activities of SANCO in metropolitan Cape Town. It describes civic organization in Cape Town; continuity and change in SANCO's local leadership; SANCO membership; SANCO's financial resources; the structure of SANCO's organization; SANCO's activities (organization building; SANCO's role in 'development' and in public dispute settlement and/or policing); and the evolving relationships between SANCO, the ANC and elected local government councillors. In conclusion, future developments are discussed. Bibliogr., notes, ref.