Public participation and impact assessments

An Analysis of the Principle of Public Participation in Policy-Making, including Socio-Economic Impact Assessments, and their Application in South Africa


On 23 February 2017, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, said South Africa needs an outspoken citizenry and a robust media that speaks out or challenges government policy when they disagree with it. South Africa is fortunate to have a justiciable constitution that not only facilitates a participatory democracy, but also encourages it. It has become questionable, however, whether government itself is adhering to the principles of public participation, and, when they appear to do so, whether it is in good faith.

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