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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES

Participation in decision-making processes means a possibility for citizens, civil society organisations and other interested parties to influence the development of policies and laws which affect them. We’ve made it easy for you as a responsible citizen of South Africa, to influence government decisions which affect you.

WHAT IS DEAR

Participative Democracy is encouraged through the PAJA – the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act and enshrined in our Constitution.

Every decision the government make must be published in the Government Gazette and must include evidence of public participation. If the public do not participate by objecting or agreeing, their non-participation is deemed as a non-objection, a tacit agreement.

What we run on our websites are not petitions but rather PDPs – Participative Democracy Projects – as laid out in the PAJA act.

Whereas petitions, even if they have millions of signatures, are considered as a single objection, a PDP ensures each comment is considered individually. 

Each comment from a PDP on any of our websites is immediately sent as a unique email to the relevant government representative designated to a project.

We then keep an accurate record of submissions sent so government cannot fudge facts and figures. In certain instances we will also provide government with printed evidence of each comment made as well as a collated summary.

These comments then form the basis of an essential and legal framework enshrined in our Constitution.

We do not sell your info on to anyone and we do not charge for what we do. We are not affiliated to any government organisation and are funded out of our own pockets or by anyone who cares.

Be an Active Citizen, participate and take control of your democracy.

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