South Africa is one of those places that is alive with possibility, existing as a shining example to the rest of the African continent in terms of ability to compete with nations from around the world. Unfortunately it is also a place of tremendous inequality where the 90% of the country’s wealth is circulated through the bank accounts of 10% of the entire population.
Often you’ll hear people complaining about the fact that they think the current government is inept at delivering on their promise of jobs for all and improved service delivery across the board. These are also often the same people who never vote in elections under the guise of someone who doesn’t believe in the process of elections and vote… This saddens us deeply as the truth of the matter is that every single vote counts, especially in the municipal elections. South Africa will be holding its 2011 Municipal Elections somewhere between the 1st of March and 1st of June as per regulations with Voting stations will be open on 4 and 5 February for voter registration.
Capitalising on the national pride and euphoria felt during the World Cup, the theme for this year’s election is “Love your South Africa”. The thinking behind this is that these local elections are about where you live and that citizens are attached to their neighbourhoods and can show their love for these areas by registering and voting, and having a say on how these are run.
Held across all districts and municipalities in all 9 existing provinces, the Municipal Elections offer up an opportunity for us the people of The Republic to influence what type of service is delivered in the areas where we work, live and play (think booze laws in Western Cape, Prostitution legalization, how often your trash gets picked up & even what jobs and welfare is available locally). We want to do our bid to help the IEC get 1.5 million new registrations on the voters roll, which is currently sitting at 23 181 997.
To get your voter registration details, you can:
Enter your ID number online
SMS your ID number to 32810 (normal rates apply)
Call us toll-free (from a landline) on 0800 11 8000
Remember if you have not yet registered (you only need to do this once in your life) you can still do so on 4th and 5th February at your local voting station (tbc) or during office hours at your local municipality.
Come on- its our chance to make a difference and love our South Africa.