Non-profit organisation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has called on voters to critically reflect on the challenges the country is facing before making their mark.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has urged South Africans to turn out in their numbers and take advantage of this weekend’s voter registration drive.

Voting stations across the country will be open on Saturday and Sunday to enable those wishing to participate in the November 1 local government elections to register or amend their details if they have changed address.

The foundation’s CEO Sello Hatang says, “Local government is the backbone of governance, making sure that things work as best as they should. But without always reflecting, taking these moments to reflect on where we are, we are going keep making the same mistakes.”

“What needs to change is what the foundation has been calling the new social bonding. You enter into a contract that says you must assess me in the following five areas. If in the next year I don’t deliver when it comes to water, feel free to take me out. If I don’t deliver in areas of competence for local government, you should feel free to take me out of this position,” he says.

VIDEO: Readiness for the voter registration weekend on 18-19 September 2021