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Media Advisory: SAHRC Northern Cape Provincial Office to Conduct Stakeholder Engagements on the Provision of Basic Services

30 August 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The Bill of Rights provides the communities with fundamental rights to access social services. In this regard, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 places the responsibility on the government to ensure that basic services are progressively expanded to all, within the limits of available resources. Basic services include water, sanitation, electricity, housing, refuse and waste removal. These are critical services that are meant to improve the lives of people. In South Africa, the government has committed to providing a basic amount of free water and electricity to poor people.

Since the dawn of democracy, the government has made significant and positive strides towards delivering basic services to local communities. However, most municipalities are still plagued by significant challenges, leading to a number of “service delivery protests,” or protests demanding better service delivery by affected communities. In most cases these “service delivery protests” have turned violent leading to the loss of life, the destruction of essential public infrastructure and private properties. It is safe to conclude that the Northern Cape Province has not been immune from this picture as the Northern Cape Provincial Office of the Commission continues to be inundated with complaints from members of the public around the lack of and/or failure to provide basic services.

Against this background, the Northern Cape Provincial Office will be conducting Stakeholder Engagements on the Provision of Basic Service scheduled to take place as follows:



Municipal Area


Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Phokwane Local Municipality

Jan Kempdorp

Thursday, 01 September 2022

Magareng Local Municipality


Friday, 02 September 2022

Dikgatlong Local Municipality

Barkly West


The scheduled Stakeholder Engagements will be conducted in conjunction with the following


  1. Northern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Authority;
  2. Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform
  3. Department of Water and Sanitation;
  4. Frances Baard District Municipality;
  5. Dikgatlong Local Municipality;
  6. Magareng Local Municipality, and
  7. Phokwane Local Municipality.

The purpose of the Stakeholder Engagements is as follows:

  • To get an update on the state of providing basic services by local municipalities;
  • To get an indication about plans for the 2022/2023 Financial with regard to the provision of basic services, and
  • Roles and responsibilities of other organs of state in the provision of basic services

and the support that each provide to local municipalities in the provision of basic services


Prepared by the Northern Cape Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission.


For further information contact Mr. Anthony Wyngaard, Acting Provincial Manager, at Tel: 054 332 3993 / Cell: 074 134 6972; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Buyisile July, Advocacy and Research Consultant at Tel: 054 332 3993 / Cell: 072 949 7578 ; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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