The South African Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is currently developing a web-based data management system aimed at expanding and strengthening community based participation in local government.
Ward committees are the structure that makes it possible to narrow the gap between local municipalities and communities, since they have the knowledge and understanding of the citizens and communities they represent. There are 3895 ward committees in South Africa, comprising each of 10 members. The Local Government sub-municipal ward committee structure is meant to play a critical role in participatory democracy.
The proposed Web-based data management system will paint a global yet detailed picture of the ward committees, display exhaustive ward profiles information and fill essential knowledge gaps on the functionality and effectiveness of the ward participatory system.
The system is due for launch in December 2009.