Major overhaul for municipalities

2011-05-17 08:01
Johannesburg – Co-operative Governance Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim says new legislation which will link the powers of municipalities to their ability to deliver is being prepared, the Business Day reported on Tuesday.

Carrim was speaking at a Helen Suzman Foundation roundtable discussion on local government, where he indicated that a major overhaul of local government structures was on its way.

He said the changes would include increased funding to councils which would be linked to their ability to deliver.

Many district municipalities in poor areas are unable to raise funding to provide services to their communities, and are increasingly dependent on national government grants to fund their operations.

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