An Unraveling the Revolving Door to Fighting Poverty in South Africa: Building Local Government Capacity in Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

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The distribution of income and wealth in South Africa is among the most unequal in the world. Many households have unsatisfactory access to basics like education, health care, energy and clean water. The fundamental cause is poverty, the inability of individuals, households and communities to command resources to satisfy a socially acceptable minimum standard of living. Poverty afflicts in several degrees. The rural poor, female-headed homes, the disabled, retrenched farm workers, the elderly and HIV/AIDS affected and infected and theirorphans stand out most

The responsibility to securing the well-being of the people is the task of the three spheres of government, yet, local government in South Africa is constitutionally tasked for poverty alleviation at grass root. Yet, living standards of the poor get poorer, as a result of lack of capacity of many municipalities to even provide basic services.. Such is the basis of analysis of this paper which recommends integrated schemes for sustainable poverty alleviation.


Keywords: Capacity-Building, Poverty, Local Government, Globalization, Local Economic Development, South Africa
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Unraveling the Revolving Door to Fighting Poverty in South Africa


Prof. Ernest Peprah Ababio

Head of Department, Department of Public Management and Administration, North-West University
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa

Has a doctorate in Public Administration from University of South Africa. Is the head of department of Public Administration at North-West University in South Africa. Lecturing and research interests are in Public Policy, Local Government, Public Finance, Regional Integration. Sits at a number of committees as member and chair at municipalities.

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