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Dearsouthafrica.co.za is a legally recognised and constitutionally protected non-profit platform which enables the public to co-shape all government policies, amendments and proposals. We’ve run many successful campaigns and have amassed a considerably large active participant network of over 900,000 individuals across the country and beyond.

We do not run petitions. We run legally recognised public participation processes which allow citizens to co-form policy at all levels of governance. Whereas petitions, even if they contain thousands of signatures, are considered as a single submission by government, our process ensures that each comment made through dearsouthafrica.co.za is recognised and counted as an individual submission by government.

Furthermore, we keep an accurate record of all participation and produce a publicly available report at the end of each project. This report forms the foundation of a sound legal case should the necessity to challenge the decision arise.

Participation costs you NOTHING, and is so easy and quick to do through the platform that you really have no excuse not to help shape policy BEFORE it becomes law. Legally challenging implemented law is costly and rarely successful. Prevention is better than cure.

Participation in decision-making processes means a possibility for citizens, civil society organisations and other interested parties to influence the development of policies and laws which affect them. We’ve made it easy for you as a responsible citizen of South Africa, to influence government decisions before they are made.

This isn’t about you, this isn’t about me. This isn’t about us, as an us creates a them. This isn’t about competing, fighting or a race to the top. This is about collaboration to reach a common healing goal – and beyond. This is about using the word “we”. Together WE can achieve anything.

We are Dear South Africa.



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Participative Democracy is encouraged through the PAJA – the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act and enshrined in our Constitution.

Every decision the government make must be published in the Government Gazette and must include evidence of public participation. If the public do not participate by objecting or agreeing, their non-participation is deemed as a non-objection, a tacit agreement.

What we run on our websites are not petitions but rather PPP – Public Participation Processes – as laid out in the PAJA act.

Whereas petitions, even if they have millions of signatures, are considered as a single objection, a PPP done through our interface ensures each comment is considered individually. 

Each comment from a PPP on any of our websites is immediately sent as a unique email to the relevant government representative designated to a project.

We then keep an accurate record of submissions sent so government cannot deny facts and figures. In certain instances we will also provide government with printed evidence of each comment made as well as a collated summary.

These comments then form the basis of an essential and legal framework enshrined in our Constitution and forms a solid foundation for a legal case should the necessity arise.

We do not sell your info on to anyone and we do not charge for what we do. We are not affiliated to any government organisation and are funded out of our own pockets or by anyone who cares.

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