This paper assesses the effectiveness of the GFIP retrofit public consultation initiative implemented retrospectively.
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) implementation has been confronted with civil protestations together with a notably high rate of non-compliance which is indicative of general public discontentment, this at the backdrop of a seemingly superficial consultation process to solicit the public sentiments towards this scheme. The general lack of support influenced the new Gauteng provincial government to introduce a retrofit consultation process to assess the socio-economic impact of the project. However, even with the amended price structure released in May 2015, intended to improve public participation, questions of the effectiveness of the retrofit consultation processes still linger.
This research assesses the effectiveness of the GFIP retrofit public consultation initiative implemented retrospectively. Through structured interviews with civic associations, government representatives and surveys with the general populace, proper insight was accumulated in order to gain perspective. The findings of the study show that the issues of compliance are a determining factor to the successfulness of this kind of projects and that the Gauteng public have indicated a general discontentment with the consultation methodologies applied by the Gauteng government.
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