Exploring the Changing Context of Development in South Africa

  • Hangwelani Hope MagidimishaEmail author
  • Lovemore Chipungu


In a bid to create a transparent and far reaching society, the birth of democracy in South Africa brought on board the need to create a far-reaching institutional framework to facilitate service delivery. This chapter analyses new structures that were built and it also establishes the extent to which they were able to fulfil their mandates. Of particular concern is the design of those structures that were built to focus on the marginalised portions of society. Hence what emerges is the “difference” in service provision where the emphasis for difference is directed towards the needy in society. The new democracy created high expectations which in some instances created a dependency syndrome. This in turn resulted in countless and ugly service delivery protests among the marginalised sections of society. Innovative policy intervention measures in the face of waning resources and the bid to create a developmental society have brewed further discontentment as society label the state “selfish and insensitive to the poor”. Hence this chapter interrogates these twists in the young South African democracy.


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  • Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lovemore Chipungu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kwazulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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