features & functions
- national
features & functions
- provincial
features & functions
- local
local government across the GCR
future change
working together
intergovernmental relations
political engagement
where are we going?
civic engagement
interactions with government
interactions with leaders
satisfaction with government
political engagement

While it is clear that the post-apartheid period has seen significant progress in building new democratic and developmental institutions, question marks remain with regard to how government has been able to build relations with citizens, particularly those who were historically deprived of the benefits of citizenship under apartheid. The evidence is mixed.

There is positive evidence that the GCR has a politically conscious citizenry that is actively engaged in that it continues to participate, at very high turnout rates, in local and national/provincial elections.


When respondents of GCRO’s 2009 ‘Quality of Life' survey were asked whether they thought that ‘politics is a waste of time’, 70% disagreed with the statement. There were similarly positive sentiments in response to questions about whether the country had free elections and a free press. This suggests a healthy political culture.

GCRO (2009) ‘Quality of Life’ survey