SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SERI and Read Hope Philips Attorneys have developed a comprehensive guide for activists on local government in South Africa. The guide sets out the legal responsibilities of local government, and rights under the Constitution and in law. It shows how to engage government from inside, by participating in formal processes, and from outside by going public through complaints, petitions, protest action, the media and the courts. The guide can be downloaded on the following link: If you would like to order hard copies, please email Metumo Shilongo at indicating how many copies you would like and the community or organisation for which they are intended.

A website for the guide is available at and an official launch of the guide will occur in early September.