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Carte Blanche Elections Roadshow

31 October 2021
During the month of October, in the run-up to the local government elections, Carte Blanche visited Limpopo, the Eastern Cape, the Free State and the North West provinces to gauge what issues really matter to voters. Follow our journey.
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The Carte Blanche team visited four provinces over the past month to speak to residents about their areas’ biggest service delivery headaches. What we found were signs of failing infrastructure, but also glimmers of hope as communities worked together to save their towns.

EXTRA: Wondering who your ward councillor is and how to contact them? We’ve put together a short guide on how to find your local representative.


In the final leg of our elections roadshow, we visit the Free State. Billions of rands in debt and dismal audit outcomes, experts warn municipalities could collapse. The Matjhabeng Municipality, which looks after towns like Welkom and Virginia, needs urgent financial interventions.



With the Kruger National Park on its doorstep, tourism is at the heart of the local economy in Limpopo. But with municipalities across the province struggling to provide basic services like clean running water, communities aren’t always able to make the best of these opportunities.



Dogged by poverty, poor service delivery and a lack of economic development, the Eastern Cape is South Africa's poorest province and governance at local municipal levels doesn’t get worse than this. But despite its challenges, some communities are creating solutions to help change the outcome of their own futures. 



In the North West, many residents are disillusioned and angry as the infrastructure in almost every town buckles from neglect, and service delivery is often non-existent. We visited Rustenburg and spoke to some of the residents in the province's worst-hit municipalities.