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Question: THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVISION OF WATER SERVICES IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS DESIRED ROLES AND FUNCTIONS The provision of clean potable water is a basic human right and a key responsibility of local governments in South Africa. However, many municipalities face various challenges in delivering water services to their communities. There are many reasons 1attributed to this challenge; however, the 2crux of the matter is that water is gradually becoming a huge problem to all South Africans. Essentially, local government and provincial government structures have a critical role to play in ensuring adequate provision of water to all communities in South Africa. However, not all South Africans are able to benefit from that service. One of the 3resultant effects of an inability to adhere to the principles of democracy when services such as water are provided is that, it may lead to inequality, injustices and lawsuits. For example, some communities may have better access to water than others, depending on their location, income, or political influence. This may create resentment and conflict among different groups of people. It could also undermine the ideals of social cohesion and the need to bridge the gap between the poor and the better off members of society. Public participation in a democratic country could enable local government to provide sufficient services to communities, according to affordability and need. If residents are not made aware of their responsibility to sustain both the provision of water and maintenance of water infrastructure, water will continue to be unreliably provided. The sad part about the whole arrangement is that, the very same community will complain about water not being provided. Clearly, public participation could lead to accountability and transparency in how the system works. That could result in communities becoming responsible for all the services that local government is entrusted authority to provide. This is the case because water is not only a basic human right issue, but also a key factor for economic growth, social welfare, and environmental sustainability. If water services are not delivered in a democratic and inclusive way, it may limit the potential and opportunities for communities to improve their living standards, health, education, and well-being. Furthermore, it may also deprive the communities of their voice and agency in the decision-making processes which could negatively impact the realisation of some democratic principles, e.g., accountability, representation and democratic participation. If that happens, people may embark on 4protracted disruptive actions, including petitions and protests against local government for the lack of services. Interestingly, there is a going trend of providing water through water tankers to rural communities. This is supposed to be a temporal measure, while the infrastructure is being attended to. However, in many rural communities, water tankers have become a normal way of receiving water. Some communities have recently questioned the potability of water brought by water tankers. Glossary 1attributed – regard something as resulting from something/events/situations 2crux - the decisive or most important point at issue 3resultant – caused by the event or situation already mentioned. Adapted from https://www.researchgate.net. Accessed on the 12th of January 2024 2.1 Based on information gathered from the above source and other relevant sources, define the term democratic principles (1x2) (2) 2.2 In the above source, democratic principles are highly regarded; briefly state FOUR reasons why the democratic (4X1) (4) More from: Life Sciences FET (Further Education and Training) 979 documents Go to course 37 Life Sciences Grade 12 Chapter 7 THE Human Endocrine System AND Homeostasis Life Sciences Grade 12 Chapter 7 THE Human Endocrine System AND Homeostasis Life Sciences 100% (69) 48 Life Sciences Grade 12 Chapter 5 Genetics and Inheritance Life Sciences Grade 12 Chapter 5 Genetics and Inheritance Life Sciences 99% (80) 28 Life Sciences Grade 11 Chapter 8 Excretion IN Humans Life Sciences Grade 11 Chapter 8 Excretion IN Humans Life Sciences 98% (235) 84 Grade 10 Topic Tests all Grade 10 Topic Tests all Life Sciences 100% (32) Recommended for you 100 Grade 11 Life Sciences Topic test Micro Organisms Grade 11 Life Sciences Topic test Micro Organisms Life Sciences 94% (36) 6 2023 Grade 12 Physical Sciences Practical Test 1 2023 Grade 12 Physical Sciences Practical Test 1 Life Sciences 100% (5) 29 Practical work session 1 Practical work session 1 Life Sciences 100% (4) 7 FOOD PRAC Grade 10 FOOD PRAC Grade 10 Life Sciences 100% (4) Students also viewed LIFE- Sciences-P2-GR11-QP-NOV2017 English Life Science Paper 2 GR11 MEMO NOV 2014 1 Definition Template LIFE Sciences Paper 1 - MEMO 2016 Life Sciences Grade 11 Revision Memo Term 3 and 4 2023 Life Sciences Grade 11 Revision Memo Term 2 2023docx Related documents Geography P1 Nov 2014 Eng Ls gr 11 prac 1 term 1 LFSC Grade 11 Paper 2 E Marking Guideline Nov 2022 Gr 11 LS Topic 1 TG Yah Grade 11 Life Sciences Topic test Micro Organisms Preview text MARKS: 90 This Source-based task consists of 13 pages, including the cover page and the Analysis grid Duration: 3 - 4 weeks NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE GRADE 1 1 LIFE ORIENTATION Source-based task 2024 Development of the Self in Society, Careers and Career Choices and Democracy and Human rights SUBJECT: LIFE ORIENTATION GRADE: 11 MARKS: 90 TOPICS: Development of the Self in Society (DSS) Democracy and Human Rights (DHR) SUBTOPICs/Content areas:  Goals and goal setting  Relationships  Principles, processes and procedures for democratic participation PURPOSE: The purpose of this Task is to instill the necessary life skills to enable the youth to effectively set life goals, easily deal with the challenges of reaching their goals and to tackle the various challenges that could emanate from being involved in different types of relationships. The aim is to enable learners to gain a better understanding of goals and relationships, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to effectively cope with various social, emotional, psychological, and mental challenges in their lives. Moreover, it will accord them an opportunity to develop a firm understanding of the principles of democracy and how these principles are used by the structures of government to provide water services to communities and how those communities experience that service. LEARNERS’ INSTRUCTIONS  Learners will spend time outside of class-contact time to collect needed resources for the completion of the Source-based task. The collection of information will be guided by the questions.  The text does not have answers. Its aim is to introduce the topic/content treated in the questions.  This task requires learners to do an in-depth or extended reading that could accord them an opportunity to digest the content/concepts treated in the task. To that effect, related material could be read, so that the content could be interpreted from different angles, resulting in a better interpretation or understanding of the problems which could be tested through learners’ ability to conduct informed discussions, define the key concepts, analyze the related concepts, critically discuss certain aspects, evaluate certain instances and make recommendations based on the problem in each activity.  Therefore, learners should digest the information in the two sources and then respond to application questions based on informed decision-making and problem-solving skills.  In this task you will be required to complete TWO activities of 45 marks each. You will need to submit each activity typed out and attached to the ultimate presentation.  Fully completed declaration forms must be attached to the completed task.  The task should be well-structured by taking into account the following aspects: A completed cover page with learner and task details (provided by the teacher). Correctly numbered answers to correspond with questions. Each section should be answered on a new page. Write legibly and neatly. Use proper grammar and present meaningful sentences as answers to questions. Proof-read your work before submission. Consider the mark allocation in each question. It informs you of the extent of the required answer (s). Sequence and number all your pages. The task must be bound / stapled. Arial, font 12, justified, 1 spacing should be considered if typed on computer. Hand written submissions are also welcome.  Even if learners may work in groups, individual learner’s attempt will be credited. Therefore, the end product will not be a groups’ product. The task requires learners to display their individual attempt to solve the problems, in keeping with the questions and content treated in the task. ACTIVITY 1 Read the source below and consider the completion instructions to answer the questions that follow. GOALS AND GOAL SETTING: THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE ASPECTS TO CONSIDER FOR MEANINGFUL AND TO ESTABLISH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITHOUT NEGATIVELY IMPACTING YOUR INDIVIDUALITY People often think most of what they do and achieve comes as a result of luck. Luck could be a feature, but successful people have goals: they plan for what they want to achieve and achieving your goals, through thorough working out your aims and objectives in life, may gratify your soul. In the same way, general state of physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional well- being could be achieved through working on your life-goals. Therefore, setting goals is the most important thing that people should do, if they are 1 intent at living successful and balanced life. Goal setting does not have to be boring. There are many benefits and advantages to having a set of goals to work towards. Setting goals comes as an important step towards living a self- fulfilling life. In the end, you can’t manage what you don’t measure and you can’t improve upon something that you do not have the ability to successfully manage. On the other hand, there are various challenges or obstacles you may come across when you set, implement a plan to reach your goals. That may require effective strategies to overcome. Most importantly, you may be required to be perseverant and persistent in implementing your plans. However, practising perseverance and persistence could not on its own lead to successful realisation of your goals. For example, seeking to realise your goals with a proper plan is like building a house without a foundation. The house will not be firm, even though you may build additional structure to support it. It will eventually fall, because there is no foundation to support its main structures. For one to eventually succeed in one’s plans, one will be required to use the Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound (SMART) principles to set and implement workable goals. For the smart principles to be used effectively, one has to also have positive values which will serve as a guide on what to do, how to do it, when to do it, with whom could it be done and when is that supposed to be done. This feels like we are going back to the plans; it is indeed the backbone on which the plans could be based. In other words, all that you have got to do must be informed by your personal values. Personal values will guide your actions and associations you will have to make, for your plans to succeed. Plainly, the 2 notion of relationships in various contexts, i., school, friends, teachers, family (parents/guardians) comes to the picture. Therefore, positive relationships is what you must always aspire for if you want your goals to effectively succeed. There are many benefits and shortcomings you may come across as a result of you being involved in one or the other form of a relationships. In a 3 nutshell, planning, prioritising, usage of the SMART principles, formation of positive personal values, relationships etc. are all important in the effective realisation of goals; be it life goals, academic goals, relationship goals, wellness goals, financial goals etc. It all boils down to one’s ability to work out what one really needs in life. Your situatedness in any environment is not by chance: it may have come as a result of planning, poor planning, a lack of personal values, intention and vision. Glossary: 1 intent : the underlying motivation behind an action, or the state of mind with which an act is done. 2 notion: a mental idea, concept, or belief that someone has. For example, “She had a vague notion of what he was talking about” means that she had a rough understanding of his topic. 3 nutshell: it is a word commonly used as an idiom to mean “in a few words” or “in summary”. Adapted from positivepsychology. Accessed on the 21 of January 2024. Completion instructions: Read the above source, digest its content, use additional sources to add on the available sources at your school, discuss the significance of the concepts and implication of the content thereof. Proper reading will enable you to answer the application questions below. Bear in mind the fact that, group discussions may precede answering of the question; however, a learner will be credited for his or her unique responses. The questions will require you to apply your critical, creative and problem-solving skills to eventually make recommendations based on the challenges related to the source. Activity 2 Read the source below and consider the completion instructions to answer the questions that follow. THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVISION OF WATER SERVICES IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS DESIRED ROLES AND FUNCTIONS The provision of clean potable water is a basic human right and a key responsibility of local governments in South Africa. However, many municipalities face various challenges in delivering water services to their communities. There are many reasons 1 attributed to this challenge; however, the 2 crux of the matter is that water is gradually becoming a huge problem to all South Africans. Essentially, local government and provincial government structures have a critical role to play in ensuring adequate provision of water to all communities in South Africa. However, not all South Africans are able to benefit from that service. One of the 3 resultant effects of an inability to adhere to the principles of democracy when services such as water are provided is that, it may lead to inequality, injustices and lawsuits. For example, some communities may have better access to water than others, depending on their location, income, or political influence. This may create resentment and conflict among different groups of people. It could also undermine the ideals of social cohesion and the need to bridge the gap between the poor and the better off members of society. Public participation in a democratic country could enable local government to provide sufficient services to communities, according to affordability and need. If residents are not made aware of their responsibility to sustain both the provision of water and maintenance of water infrastructure, water will continue to be unreliably provided. The sad part about the whole arrangement is that, the very same community will complain about water not being provided. Clearly, public participation could lead to accountability and transparency in how the system works. That could result in communities becoming responsible for all the services that local government is entrusted authority to provide. This is the case because water is not only a basic human right issue, but also a key factor for economic growth, social welfare, and environmental sustainability. If water services are not delivered in a democratic and inclusive way, it may limit the potential and opportunities for communities to improve their living standards, health, education, and well-being. Furthermore, it may also deprive the communities of their voice and agency in the decision- making processes which could negatively impact the realisation of some democratic principles, e., accountability, representation and democratic participation. If that happens, people may embark on 4 protracted disruptive actions, including petitions and protests against local government for the lack of services. Interestingly, there is a going trend of providing water through water tankers to rural communities. This is supposed to be a temporal measure, while the infrastructure is being attended to. However, in many rural communities, water tankers have become a normal way of receiving water. Some communities have recently questioned the potability of water brought by water tankers. Glossary 1 attributed – regard something as resulting from something/events/situations 2 crux - the decisive or most important point at issue 3 resultant – caused by the event or situation already mentioned. Adapted from researchgate. Accessed on the 12th of January 2024 Completion instructions Before answering the questions below, carefully digest the content and concept of entrepreneurship. You may discuss these aspects in groups. However, only individual attempt will be credited. The questions will require you to conduct group discussions, use various sources on the challenges of water services in the context of the roles and functions of the different democratic structures. That will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges related to the provision of water services to communities. 2 .1 Based on information gathered from the above source and other relevant sources, define the term democratic principles (1x2) (2) 2 .2 In the above source, democratic principles are highly regarded; briefly state FOUR reasons why the democratic principles should be considered by local government in the equitable provision of services to communities in South Africa (4) 2.3 The above source makes reference to democratic structures and democracy, differentiate between democratic structures and democratic representation (4) 2.4 Describe how local government could be transparent when it engages communities for sustainable provision of water services to different communal areas (2) 2.5 Explain how residents could effectively use the petition process to raise their dissatisfaction about the poor state of water services in their locality (6) 2.6 Discuss how provincial government could assist local government with provision of potable water services to communities affected by floods (8) 2.7 Analyse how residents could effectively be lobbied to express their dissatisfaction with the poor quality of water services in their communities (4) 2.8 Critically discuss how communities could ensure responsibility usage of available water resources in their areas (8) 2.9 Evaluate the role played by temporal measures, such as water tankers,to provide temporal relief to areas affected by a lack of water services (4) 2.10 Recommend ways in which local government could provide sustainable water services to communities.In your answer, also indicate how that could promote the quality of life of these communities (3)

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2.1 Democratic principles refer to the fundamental rules, norms and values that a democratic system operates by. These principles may include such concepts as political equality, majority rule and minority rights, and respect for basic human rights. 2.2 Four reasons why democratic principles should be considered by local governments in the equitable provision of services are: i) Fairness: Democratic principles ensure that services are distributed evenly and equitably among all members of the community regardless of their status. ii) Public Participation: It allows for the involvement of all community members in the decision-making process, giving them an opportunity to voice their needs and preferences. iii) Accountability: Governments that adhere to democratic principles are accountable to their citizens, ensuring that services are provided effectively and efficiently. iv) Non-discrimination: Democratic principles prohibit discrimination on the basis of factors such as race, religion, gender or social status. This ensures all community members have equal access to services. 2.3 Democratic structures are the organizations and institutions that contribute to the democratic governance of a society, such as legislatures, political parties, and courts. Democratic representation, on the other hand, refers to the concept that elected officials should represent the interests of the people who elected them. 2.4 Local government can be transparent in engaging communities for the sustainable provision of water services by communicating openly about their plans and strategies, providing clear and comprehensive information on the state of water resources, and involving the community in decision-making processes related to water services. 2.5 Residents can effectively use the petition process to voice their dissatisfaction with the state of water services by organizing themselves, gathering sufficient signatures, presenting clear and factual information about the issues they face, and following the appropriate channels to submit the petition to the relevant authorities. 2.6 Provincial government can aid local government in providing potable water services to communities affected by floods through financial support, technical assistance, the provision of resources, implementing relief programs, and activating emergency services. 2.7 Communities can be lobbied to express dissatisfaction with poor quality water services by raising awareness about the issues, educating community members about their rights, fostering unity, and encouraging collective action. 2.8 Communities can ensure responsible water usage through educational campaigns, effective water management policies, instilling a culture of conservation, and implementing water-saving technologies. 2.9 Water tankers and other temporary measures play a critical role in providing emergency relief in water-deprived areas. While these measures do not solve the issue long-term, they can alleviate immediate water shortages and reduce health risks related to poor sanitation. 2.10 Local governments can provide sustainable water services by investing in infrastructure development, implementing efficient water management systems, encouraging water conservation, and engaging in robust community engagement. This will positively impact the quality of life in the communities by improving health standards, promoting economic growth, and fostering social cohesion.

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