“Economic Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and Public Participation”

2nd Durban International Conference on Public Participation

Durban ICC, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban, 4001



“Economic Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and Public Participation”

In both the political north and the political south, with increasing global inequality, there is evidence of growing economic marginalisation and social exclusion, and growing disaffection with the formal structures of government. In South Africa, efforts have been undertaken to challenge the marginalisation and exclusion of the majority since the advent of democracy 24 years ago. These attempts include wider and more meaningful Public Participation. This is a constitutional imperative in South Africa that is intended to draw communities into direct engagement with policy and decision-making. The process of putting this into practice has not been without its challenges and contradictions. However, Public Participation remains a key means available in representative democracies to address economic marginalisation and social exclusion and to facilitate conversations with citizens. Given the contextualisation above, the 2nd Durban International Conference on Public Participation (ICPP 2) will have the theme “Economic Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and Public Participation”.

Its aims will be as follows: To understand the nature of the challenge governments in ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries face in addressing economic marginalisation and social exclusion To identify which groups in societies are marginalised and why To analyse the potential of Public Participation as a vehicle for change To identify what is needed for Public Participation to achieve this potential. Scholars, government officials, non-government organisations and citizens are invited to submit papers for presentation at the Conference. Proposals for 20 minute presentations should explain the relationship of the paper to the conference theme and specify one or more aims. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, your photograph and your 200 word resume should be submitted by 27th February, 2019. Please submit your abstract, resume and photograph as an email attachment to Crispin Hemson icon1@dut.ac.za and Dasarath Chetty chettytd@gmail.com . The conference committee will review all proposals, with accepted papers receiving notification by 28th February, 2019.

Professor Dasarath Chetty - Conference Chair

Conference Programme

17 Jun, 2019

4PM - 5PM

Registration for Speakers

5PM - 7PM

Reception for Speakers

18 Jun, 2019

7:00 - 8:30


08:30 - 09:30 Inaugural Session

Opening Addresses

Mthembu, Thandwa
Vice-Chancellor, Durban University of Technology

Cele, Sipho
Deputy City Manager (Governance and International Relations)

09:30 - 11:00 Session 1 (Keynote Addresses)

From exclusion to inclusion

Széll, György (Germany)
Economic marginalisation, social exclusion and public participation

Chetty, Dasarath (South Africa)
Public participation as social inclusion

Lehohla, Pali Jobo (South Africa)
Public participation - from fad or reality.


11:00 - 11:30 Tea

11:30 - 13:30 Session 2

Public participation, morality and justice

Gandhi, Ela (South Africa)
Public participation –a Gandhian view

Davis, Katrinell (United States of America)
Challenging Michigan’s drink first, test later approach to water system maintenance: the role of collection action in achieving collective justice in Flint

Nomsenge, Sinazo (South Africa)
Unmasking the promise of participation:disarming the hallmark of non-governmental socio-economic intervention

Hemson, Crispin (South Africa)
Treating people like dirty clothing


13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 -16:30 Session 3

Theoretical challenges in public participation

Molale, Tshepang (South Africa)
Public participation and participatory communication: Meta-theoretical reflections on participatory communication towards enhancing municipal IDP processes

Moran-Ellis, Jo (United Kingdom)
Public participation as imbrication – putting all parties in the picture

Suenker, Heinz (Germany)
For a society of the free and the equal: Adorno’s and Heydorn’s social and educational theory for emancipatory social change

Ramsuraj, Trisha & Wallis, Malcolm (South Africa)
Social exclusion and economic marginalisation: Two case studies


16:30 - 16:45 Session 4


16:45 - 17:00 Tea

19 Jun, 2019

8:30 - 10:30 Split Session 5

Public Participation in Germany, France , Italy and South Africa

Kreissig, Volkmar (Moldova)
German and European traditions of public participation versus social and economic exclusion.

Legris, Martine (France)
The yellow vests’ movement in France: economic marginalisation and social exclusion. How to facilitate dialogue with citizens?

Poliandri, Donatella & Freddano, Michela (Italy)
Participation for evaluation design: the case of evaluating the Italian school evaluation.

Masemola, Sibongile (South Africa)
Public participation as epistemic justice: towards a collaborative governance model in municipalities


08:30 - 10:30 Split Session 6

Activism, health care and communication

Gopal, Nirmala (South Africa)
Investigating public participation in community based substance abuse prevention programmes and activities.

Mpanza, Naledi (South Africa)
“I see myself really as a public health activist”: Youth participation in public policy making: A critical analysis of young people’s involvement in the National Health Insurance policy submissions using Societal Constitutionalism as a theoretical framework.

Vawda, Hoosen (South Africa)
An unfilled need: A model for community participation in health and safety challenges in informal communities.

Williams, Roland (South Africa)
Successfully communicating with communities in the public sector: A case study of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality


10:30 - 11:00 Tea

11:00 - 13:00 Split Session 7

Economic marginalisation, social exclusion and sector parliaments

Chetty, Sonali (South Africa)
Addressing social exclusion of children marginalised by institutionalisation through the use of architectural design and public participation

Bhoola, Sheetal (South Africa)
Public participation and tourism marketing initiatives: An overview of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and their Culinary Tourism marketing strategies since the year 2010

Mofokeng, Lerato (South Africa)
The effectiveness of the methods of public participation within the legislative sector.

Nkomo, Faith Dineo (South Africa)
The Evolution of Sector Parliaments: From Mock - Performing Parliaments to Transformative Sector Parliaments


11:00 - 13:00 Split Session 8

Emerging forms of public participation/public participation and the economy.

Akbar, Khalida (South Africa)
Sharing economies: The impact of online platforms in social exclusion and economic marginalisation in South Africa

Mantzaris, Evan (South Africa)
Regional economy, marginalisation and public participation: A case study in blue economy in KZN

Mshengu, Mpumelelo & Tshishonga, Ndwakhulu (South Africa)
Secure student livelihood through student entrepreneurship in higher Education: Cases of student managed enterprises

Rukema, Joseph & Tshishonga, Ndwakhulu (South Africa)
Entrepreneurship through research: Converting research into community projects


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Plenary

Government and inclusion: Panels

DPME Panel
a)Bleki, M
b)Keswa, W
c)Sejeng, T
d)Masemola, S
e)Makhosane, T
f)Mmako, D
g)Behari, Neeta

Promoting spaces for public participation through an Integrated Frontline Monitoring & Support Approach of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

DUT Higher Certificate Panel
a)Zungu, Sibongile
b)Madlala, Thulile
c)Dube, Nombuso
d)Ximba, Bhekinkosi

Practical approaches to implementing public participation amongst the marginalised

16:00 - 16:30 Plenary Session 10

Valedictory Session

Xhakaza, Mabongi Deputy Head, Ethekwini Municipality Academy

16:30 - 17:00 Closure and Tea

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Local Organising Committee

# Title Name Email
1 Professor Dasarath Chetty chettytd@gmail.com
2 Dr Colin Thakur thakur@dut.ac.za
3 Mr Crispin Hemson icon1@dut.ac.za
4 Professor Malcolm Wallis malcolm.wallis45@gmail.com
5 Dr Kudakwashe Shoniwa KudakwasheS@dut.ac.za
6 Ms Sibongile Hlatshwayo sibongileN1@dut.ac.za
7 Ms Anelitha Njili anelitanjili@gmail.com
8 Mr Moonsamy Pillay pillayml@dut.ac.za
9 Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa smangalisom@vodamail.co.za
10 Mr Sipho Cele Sipho.Cele@durban.gov.za
11 Dr Mpilo Ngubane mpilo.ngubane@durban.gov.za
12 Ms Puleng Monatisa puleng.monatisa@durban.gov.za
13 Ms Hlengiwe Magubane Hlengiwe.Magubane@durban.gov.za
14 Mr Zimele Cele Zimele.Cele@durban.gov.za
15 Mr Collin Pillay3 Collin.Pillay3@durban.gov.za
16 Ms Nomfundo Phetha Nomfundo.Phetha@durban.gov.za
17 Mr Martin Xaba Martin.Xaba@durban.gov.za
18 Dr Ajiv Maharaj Ajiv.Maharaj@durban.gov.za
19 Mr Sharm Maharaj Sharm.Maharaj@durban.gov.za
20 Mr Dynesan Reddy dynesan@gmail.com
21 Dr Khalida Akbar khalida.akbar@gmail.com
22 Dr Sakhile Zondi Zondisa@ukzn.ac.za
23 Dr Sheetal Bhoola bhoolas@ukzn.ac.za
24 Dr Ndwakhulu Tshishonga tshishonga@ukzn.ac.za

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ABOUT eThekwini Municipality

EThekwini Municipality is a Category A municipality found in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The area is topographically hilly, with many gorges and ravines, and almost no true coastal plain. Durban has a turbulent history dating from ivory hunters in the 1820s and their conflict with the local Zulu monarchs. 

The province has the largest number of battlefields. The world-class Durban Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) has hosted a historic line-up of events including conferences of a global scale.  

eThekwini is the largest City in this province and the third largest city in the country.

It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over 3 442 398 people (as per 2011 Census). It is known as the home of Africa's best-managed, busiest port and is also a major centre of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. ​​ Its land area of 2,297 square km is comparatively larger than other South African cities. Durban Tourism is the leading domestic destination in South Africa. The estimated visitor numbers for the financial year 2010/11 is 9.95 million. 

International visitors increased by 2.92 % to 669 585 for the year. This is partly to due to the 2010 World Cup, as Durban was one of the host cities. The value of our domestic tourism economic impact on the region’s GDP is estimated to be 8. % per annum. Hotel occupancy in Durban for the year averaged 65.17% which is better than the national average. 
Hospitality industry consists of many fine hotels, nightspots, shopping malls, ethnic attractions, traditional villages, craft markets, sparkling dams and big-game parks, such as, Mitchell Park where 100 year old Admiral tortoise is kept.  
Our Vision
By 2030 eThekwini Municipality will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable City, where all citizens live in harmony.    
Our core values
Economically successful city
Caring city
Smart city
Poverty reduction and Democratic & Equal city

The City of Durban

Mr Sipho Nzuza

City Manager

Mr Sipho Cele

Deputy City Manager Governance

Dr Mpilo Ngubane

Head..eThekwini municipal Academy

ICPP 1 Publications

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