Matlosana municipality set for forensic probe

2014-12-21 13:21

Matlosana Local Municipality, which owes Eskom over R200m and Midvaal Water over R50m, has been put under full administration and a forensic investigation.

DA demands answers about ex-MDB CEO

2014-11-17 19:34

The DA claims the Municipal Demarcation Board may have paid millions to get rid of its former boss Gabusile Gumbi-Masilela who was suspended in February.

Ministers intervene in FS power cuts

2014-10-03 18:02

Eskom has suspended bulk electricity disconnections to three Free State municipalities, following intervention by ministers Lynne Brown and Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan: Municipalities owe water boards R2bn

2014-09-23 11:24

Municipalities owe nearly R2.1bn in arrear payments to water boards with the Free State owing nearly R1bn, says Cooperative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

City Power not in arrears with Eskom

2014-08-14 18:22

City Power has rejected reports that it is in arrears with its electricity bill with Eskom, following a report that municipalities are R2.7bn overdue in payments.

AG: Municipalities wasted R815m

2014-07-30 21:30

Local government audit results reveal that R815m has been wasted, substantially up from the previous year.

North West working to clear municipal debt

2014-06-27 15:22

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says part of plans to turn the province around was clearing all debts owed to municipalities.

Key economic analysis of Cape Town

2014-01-30 15:38

Achieving suitable growth for Cape Town will depend on the city’s ability to realise opportunities in certain industries, according to a new report.

Debts 'will cripple' KZN municipalities

2013-11-14 11:58

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu warns that if the private sector and government departments fail to pay for services, it will be impossible to ensure delivery.

Govt owes municipalities R4.2bn

2013-09-16 15:34

National government owes municipalities R4.2bn, according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli.

E Cape to tackle bad audits

2013-08-15 19:05

Eastern Cape local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has called for a meeting with all the municipalities which received poor audits from the auditor general.

Cities demand more national funding

2013-08-07 19:19

Rapid urbanisation and economic stagnation mean a growing number of households are unable to pay for rising municipal services, city managers say.

AfriForum welcomes ruling in CPA case

2013-02-28 19:17

Civil rights group AfriForum has won its application to reverse a decision to exempt certain municipalities from the Consumer Protection Act.

Government losing grip on finances

2013-02-12 08:54

Financial controls in government departments and municipalities are slackening, Auditor General Terence Nombembe has found.

Drakenstein is greenest municipality in WC

2012-12-07 16:35

The Drakenstein Municipality in the Cape Winelands District Municipal area has been named the greenest municipality in the Western Cape.

Municipal revenue expected to soar

2012-12-03 14:57

South Africa's 278 municipalities are expected to generate, in aggregate, revenue of about R264bn in 2012/13, National Treasury says.

Municipalities owe water boards R2.2bn

2012-08-02 14:56

Municipalities owe South Africa's water boards almost R2.3bn, R1.4bn of which is arrears, according to Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

Most municipalities fail audit test

2012-07-23 14:49

Only 5% of municipalities obtained clean audit reports in the financial year 2011/2012, says the auditor general.

SA households owe billions

2012-06-05 16:39

Almost two-thirds of the R76.6bn owed to South Africa's municipalities by consumers is owed by households, says the National Treasury.

Councils owed R75bn

2012-03-11 13:16

Punch-drunk SA consumers owe municipalities more than R75bn as municipal services become less affordable.

Taxpayers money falls through the cracks

2011-10-16 15:12

Every year billions are squandered through municipal misapplication, but little is done to recover the money.

Municipal managers' pay to be capped

2011-09-20 11:55

The government is to set ceilings on the pay packages of municipal managers, says Deputy Co-operative Governance Minister Yunus Carrim.

Most councils lack credible budgets

2011-09-15 11:22

The budgets of more than half of SA's municipalities are not appropriately financed, raising questions about their credibility.

Business opposes new tax by metros

2011-09-05 18:05

Business Unity SA says it has not been consulted on a proposed new tax on businesses in the five metropolitan municipalities.


Expert help for municipalities - Gordhan

2014-12-08 22:30

Experts are being sent to 122 of the 183 municipalities in South Africa to help them to deliver the required services, says Minister Pravin Gordhan.

R68bn needed to fix infrastrucure backlog

2014-11-05 08:26

The electricity maintenance backlog is not Eskom-related and is caused by municipalities not using funds to fix infrastructure, according to a report.

Electricity tariffs drive municipal income

2014-09-29 20:41

The municipal total income for the second quarter of 2014 is R68.4bn, with sales of electricity being the main source of income.

Govt owes 5% of outstanding municipal debt

2014-09-09 16:08

The government owes municipalities R4.5bn of the R94bn outstanding debt on their books, says the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

Electricity: Municipalities R2.7bn in arrears

2014-08-14 06:00

Municipalities owe Eskom a total of R11.4bn and R2.7bn of this is in arrears, but the power utility is threatening cut-offs over outstanding bills.

9% of municipalities get clean audits

2014-07-30 12:18

Of the 319 audits, 22 municipalities and eight municipal entities had unqualified audits with no findings.

Affirmative action is dangerous - institute

2014-06-25 16:51

SA needs to wake up to the serious consequences affirmative action could bring about, says the Institute for Race Relations.

ICT project could improve municipal service

2013-11-28 13:27

There are early talks about an ICT project to build a local government network between municipalities, says the CEO of Vodacom Business.

Tshwane needs 'new plan' to collect R5bn debt

2013-10-24 08:50

The Municipal Public Accounts Committee says Tshwane metro needs a new strategy to collect accumulated consumer debt of over R5bn, according to a report.

Moody's pulls 10 municipalities' ratings

2013-08-21 18:21

Moody’s has withdrawn the long-term national scale issuer ratings of municipalities such as Knysna, Sol Plaatje and Swartland because of a negative outlook.

Clean municipal audits take a knock

2013-08-13 15:09

Progress towards municipalities and municipal entities achieving clean audits has been slow, says auditor general Terence Nombembe.

Reduced service delivery on the cards

2013-07-17 22:30

South African consumers may start to feel the effects of lower levels of service delivery and efficiency from their local municipalities, warns an expert.

Gordhan: SA must act now or lose jobs

2013-05-21 20:08

The government, business and labour must work together to resolve the wave of labour unrest that the country is facing, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Financial woes threaten local government

2013-02-12 16:56

Local government needs urgent intervention after a report stated that it was riddled with financial woes and corruption, says the SA Municipal Workers' Union.

Municipal electricity sales up 25%

2012-12-11 11:07

The sales of electricity and gas by South African municipalities has increased from R17.2bn to R21.5bn between the quarters ended June and September.

Ailing municipalities warned

2012-12-04 10:15

Underperforming municipalities will be put under administration, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi warns.

Cosatu calls for municipalities debate

2012-07-24 11:42

Cosatu has demanded a national debate on a turnaround strategy for municipalities across the country.

Gauteng municipalities owed over R26bn

2012-07-11 09:20

Municipalities in Gauteng are owed more than R26bn, with households responsible for 70% of the debt, according to a report.

Dysfunctional councils may be taken over

2012-04-24 17:32

President Jacob Zuma has told the National Council of Provinces that municipalities which are not working properly could be incorporated into those that are.

Treasury: Finance woes dog municipalities

2012-01-15 13:42

Poor financial management has reached epidemic proportions among municipalities, the Treasury says.

Business tax punted to help councils

2011-09-22 12:48

A tax on local businesses may be the only way to help struggling municipalities meet their infrastructure obligations, says a policy specialist.

Residents forking out for poor service

2011-09-18 15:09

People in towns and cities as well as businesses have to shell out ever more for municipal taxes and services, but receive less and less in exchange.

Gordhan: Rates boycott unacceptable

2011-09-14 11:21

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says it is totally unacceptable for ratepayer groups to refuse to pay rates and place their money in trust accounts.

Municipalities lousy debt collectors

2011-09-04 10:50

It may be getting increasingly risky to do business with municipalities, according to rating agency Ratings Afrika’s latest analysis of the country's biggest municipalities.

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