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DearSA is a legally recognised and constitutionally protected platform which enables the public to co-shape all government policies, amendments and proposals. We’ve run many successful campaigns over the past 18 months and have amassed a considerably large active participant database of close on 700,000 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 DearSA 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 through DearSA 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.

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

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