Opinion | Devolution of power in SA after the election

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Jonathan Erasmus
Jonathan Erasmus


The 2021 municipal elections may be the clearest sign of the public’s rejection of centralised planning and could mark the end of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s much-touted District Development Model, which would see local power move to district municipalities, which would take instruction from provincial and national government.

The District Development Model (DDM), also known by its longer title of Presidential District Co-ordination Service Delivery Model, or One Plan or Khawuleza (“hurry up” in isiXhosa), was a programme launched by the president in 2019 shortly after taking office.

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