Community Development Trusts could mitigate conflict against local municipalities in mining towns. This is according to Dr Sethulego Matebesi, a senior lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS).
Matebesi will highlight the role of community development trusts and conflict in mining communities in South Africa in his forthcoming book, titled Social licensing and mining conflict in South Africa.
“Community trusts that are governed genuinely, along with democratic ideals that support inclusiveness, responsiveness and accountability, will go a long way in harmonising relations between local communities and mining companies,” Matebesi said.
He added that his focus is on social movements, particularly on community protests against local municipalities over the perceived inadequate provision of basic municipal services.
The book will be released under Routledge Publishers in October this year.
According to Matebesi an important highlight of this research theme is the publication of the book Civil strife against local governance: Dynamics of community protests in contemporary South Africa (Barbara Budrich, March 2017).
Matebesi has an extended track record in long-term research projects for various government departments and municipalities.
He also acts as a political analyst for various national and regional radio stations, as well as a television presenter during elections in South Africa.
Pulane Choane for http://www.bloemfonteincourant.co.za