This article examines the correlation between public participation in the context of local government, and the fight against HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa, focusing on case studies (based on interviews and focus groups) in rural areas of a poor municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. Although community organizations were active in trying to ameliorate the burden of HIV/AIDS, there was little public involvement with local government, for a variety of reasons; involvement with traditional tribal authorities was greater. Measures for improving public participation, which is necessary if HIV/AIDS is to be dealt with effectively, are recommended.
Critical Dialogue - Public Participation in Review (2007) 3 (1) 24-30.
Public participation, local government and HIV/AIDS.