Gauteng's worst municipalities named

2013-07-09 20:15
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Johannesburg - West Rand District municipalities are the worst in Gauteng, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Residents of the Merafong, Westonaria and Randfontein municipalities were unhappy with the water supply, sanitation, waste disposal, roads and the cost of services and billing, according to the Live-ability Monitor, released by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI).

Senior researcher Eugene Brink said the purpose of the study was to measure the "live-ability" of the province at municipal level.

"The levels of dissatisfaction in Westonaria and Merafong are among the highest in Gauteng."

"A number of positions in Westonaria are vacant, including that of the chief financial officer and the senior superintendent for law enforcement and security."

SRI spokesperson Johan Kruger said municipalities were judged on their governance and ability to deliver services.

He said the study used sources such as the Census 2011 and municipal documents, including the integrated development plan, to judge municipalities on a score out of 10.

Westonaria, Merafong and Randfontein scored five, and Mogale City seven.

R1.7m water loss

Brink said in the past financial, year Randfontein had suffered R1.7m in water losses through theft, faulty meters and leaks. Electricity worth R21m had been lost because of illegal connections and faulty meters.

Two of the three metropolitan municipalities, Johannesburg and Tshwane scored seven. Ekurhuleni scored 6.5.

Brink said Johannesburg was rated best for water supply and water quality.

Tshwane had made the most progress in providing low-cost housing.

Lesedi municipality, part of the Sedibeng District Municipality, was the only other municipality to score seven.

The DA-led Midvaal municipality scored six, as did Emfuleni.

Both of them fall under Sedibeng.

Brink said the monitor was based on available data and was not all-encompassing.

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