The Apartheid Regime in South Africa was an authoritarian form of governance that was based on racial discrimination and exclusion for non-white citizens. In 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections and adopted the principles of equality and non-racialism. In addition, the democratic regime ushered in a new era where the citizen involvement in public affairs is considered an important form of Public Participation. The South African constitution recognizes Public Participation as important for maintain an active citizenry.
In a commitment towards upholding the democratic principles of public participation, the Durban University of Technology in association with the Ethekwini Municipality pioneered the Public Participation Training Programme which will train 600 municipal employees over a three year period. One of the outcomes of the Programme is an International Conference of Public Participation. The Conference will take place at the Durban International Conference Centre on 18th and 19th February 2016 and is the first of its kind.
The Conference will host 250 delegates comprising Academic Experts, Municipal Officials, students from the Durban University of Technology and International Professors. Key partners to the Conference will be the Ethekwini Municipality’s Community Participation and Action Unit, the Ethekwini Municipal Academy and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).
More details about the Conference can be found on the website: http://www.icpublicparticipation.co.za/