Gauteng scores on delivery – report

2011-12-06 09:14

Gauteng has for the first time toppled Western Cape as South Africa’s most productive province for this year, an independent local government and data intelligence organisation said today.

“Service delivery, low poverty levels and high expenditure in the municipalities and metros are some of the factors that put the province on top,” Municipal IQ economist Karen Heese said.

Gauteng scored 64.3 to Western Cape’s 63.8. The national average was 53.3.The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal occupied the 8th and 9th spots respectively.

Joburg also took the top spot among the nine biggest cities on economic conditions and continued spending despite tough economic conditions.

However, Heese said there were still several backlogs in Gauteng that needed to be overcome, especially in housing.

Clear gains in the number of indigent households supported meant local government was expanding development, the organisation’s managing director Kevin Allan said.

The organisation said the number of major municipal service delivery protests decreased nationally this year, as of the end of November, compared to 2009 and last year.

It could not immediately provide figures.

This year, Gauteng did not see as many protests as in previous years, with slightly more protests taking place in Western Cape.

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