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Title:From divided to integrated city? Critical overview of the emerging metropolitan governance system in Cape Town
Author:Pieterse, EdgarISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:popular participation
municipal government
urban areas
External link:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s12132-002-0001-6.pdf
Abstract:This paper analyses prospects for entrenching participatory metropolitan governance in South Africa, with a special emphasis on current initiatives to establish single metropolitan governments in six major urban centres. The paper discusses the governance and democratization proposals of the Unicity Commission in Cape Town, a statutory body established to facilitate the transition from seven distinct municipalities into one integrated metropolitan council for the Cape Metropolitan Area, and speculates about the feasibility of these proposals given the power dynamics inside and outside municipal government. As opposed to much of the governance and participation literature, evidence from the Cape Town case study suggests that participation enhancement measures do not necessarily increase the power of the poor or advance their interests. The conclusions are not definitive but point to crucial issues for further research in the search for urban development policies that can deliver substantive citizenship, equity and spatial integration. Bibliogr., notes.