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We all live and work within the boundaries of a municipality, where all economic activity takes place. Local government, which the constitution enjoins to promote social and economic development, is therefore the closest thing we have to a democratic staple.

But it’s a staple that fails to provide “nutritional value”. Of course, the staple’s nutritional value varies depending on which part of the country you live in. The nutritional value is relatively better in the suburbs of major cities and gets progressively worse as you move to the townships, small towns, squatter camps and rural villages. Wealth is also a big determining factor. The wealthier you are, the more options you have of buying yourself a better life...

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