January 17, 2018

2017 was a bumper year of parliamentary business, court battles, internal squabbles, jousting, brinkmanship, attempts to remove the President from office, dissolve Parliament and parliamentary inquiries, as the Parliamentary Monitoring Group saw it.

This is no idle question. The financial reverberations are significant as service providers wrestle each other to gain desperately needed revenue, and debts mount in municipalities.

The number of informal settlements is growing. There is also very little capacity in government to implement informal settlement upgrading effectively.

There is no sign yet of much progress on legislation to protect girls from being trapped in forced marriages.

One of South Africa’s worst failures lingers as the government struggles to eradicate the bucket system, and it is unlikely to be resolved soon.

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