Tatane project: Time to deliver

2011-05-22 09:00

City Press today launches an ambitious documentary campaign – the Tatane Project – designed to take an in-depth look at development now that the local government elections are finalised.

It is named in memory of community activist Andries Tatane, whose death was captured on national television as he was shot by police during service delivery protests in Ficksburg, Free State, on April 13.

At the core of the Tatane Project is a commitment by City Press to hold all spheres of government accountable to all the citizens of South Africa.

The campaign centres around five areas we have selected as a representative sample of South Africa today. They are:

» Johannesburg, the bustling metropolis in Gauteng

» Balfour, a town in Mpumalanga that has been a hotbed of service delivery protests over the last few years;

» Mawe, an impoverished rural hamlet in Limpopo

» Zululand District Municipality, which consists of five towns and one?million people in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal

» Ficksburg, where Tatane was killed fighting for a better life.

We will spend a week in these areas every four months to provide you with an in-depth account of developments there.

More excitingly, we will equip members in these communities to be our roving eyes and ears – citizen journalists – to help us paint a comprehensive picture of life and delivery on the ground.

Our aim is to document whether the lives of ordinary South Africans are improving or not. This will be a long-term project and we pledge to keep up this watchdog role to the national elections in 2014 and beyond.

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