Past eventResearch Event

Local Government in South Africa: Opposition Priorities and Potential

5 April 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Herman Mashaba, Democratic Alliance candidate for Mayor of Johannesburg
Chair: David Butler, CEO, South African Chamber of Commerce (UK)



In 2016 South Africans will vote in municipal elections, including for city Mayors. The national ruling party is in a state of flux as internal competition increases, which is generating a shift in perceptions at the local level. The country's economic hub hosts an emerging middle class, and voter dissatisfaction with local service provision and a desire for change will make the competition in Johannesburg the hardest fought since 1994, as each party seeks to reach beyond their traditional support base.

At this meeting Democratic Alliance candidate for Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, will discuss opposition perspectives on local government and its importance for national progress, with particular reference to the city of Johannesburg.