It is a fundamental principle of our democracy that the government should consult with stakeholders. Recently, the MEC for local government in the Western Cape criticised the Cape Town municipality for not having consulted widely enough in the development of its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget. Apparently, less than 20% of the community had input into these documents. For the most part, they do not understand the issues and are often not in a position to make a personally informed decision. It is not difficult to promote an in-formed decision when the informing is being done by the person in control of the consultation. If it is to be done properly, considerable time has to be allowed and over a longish period, and in most instances this sort of time is simply not available.