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protestBusinessLive reports that there were more municipal protests in 2018 than any other year since 2005, but analysts are worried that there could be another spike this election year.  

Municipal IQ‚ a specialised local government data and intelligence organisation‚ recorded 237 protests against municipalities across the country in 2018, beating the previous record of 191 protests in 2014.  MD Kevin Allan noted that 2014 had been a general election year and it remained to be seen whether 2019’s elections would spur even higher protests.  As one of its key findings‚ Municipal IQ suggested that the decline in the number of service delivery protests in Gauteng showed that “something was working” in the province.  Another finding was that there was a distinct correlation between economic recession‚ unemployment and service delivery protests.  Protests‚ measured by quarter, showed that an increase in service delivery protests correlated with economic retraction.  Furthermore‚ rising unemployment correlated with an increase in such protests.  Karen Heese, Municipal IQ economist, said that many of the protests recorded in 2018 “included the demand for municipalities to create employment opportunities‚ or reflected unhappiness with how these jobs were allocated”.

  • Read Matthew Savides’ report on this story in full at BusinessLive

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