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Dear SA, a new website brings democracy directly to you


Dear SA, a new website brings democracy directly to you

The site has received hundreds of thousands of views on land reform, for example


If you have an opinion on pornography, tax law changes, electricity hikes or new government regulations, but do not know how to share it with the state, a unique new website called “Dear South Africa” may just be the answer.

The 18-month-old website was set up by founder Rob Hutchinson to make participation in democracy easier. He got the idea after being part of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) when it protested controversial e-tolls. Outa had argued in court – unsuccessfully – that e-tolls had been implemented without sufficient public participation. In fact, when proposed, only 25 people or companies had commented on e-tolls, before it was made law. 

By contrast, the Dear SA website aims to make commenting on bills easier and public participation more transparent...

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