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Are protests replacing voting as mechanism to hold government  accountable?

Prospects of low voter turnout and ongoing protest about the quality of service delivery should be no surprise, according to a new study. Tina Fransman, a PhD student in Economics at Stellenbosch University, working with Dr Marisa von Fintel,  one of her supervisors, explored the relationship between public service delivery, voting in elections and protest behaviour in South Africa.

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October 28, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

Voting and protest tendencies associated with changes in service delivery.

Citizens ought to hold the state accountable for service delivery. This is usually done through the power of the vote. Literature on democratic governance suggests that theoretically, when good quality public services are provided, citizens would continue to vote for the political party in power. Therefore, it is expected that the inverse would occur should poor quality public services be provided.

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October 27, 2021 By: Tina Fransman PDF

COVID-19 learning losses: Early grade reading in South Africa

Using three different studies on early grade reading from no-fee schools across in South Africa, this paper establishes short-term learning losses in reading for grade 2 and 4 students from under-resourced school contexts. We find that in 2020 grade 2 students lost between 57 % and 70 % of a year of learning relative to their pre-pandemic peers.

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October 18, 2021 By: Cally Ardington, Gabrielle Wills, and Janeli Kotze PDF