Struggle to keep the lights on

2017-01-22 06:36

It is not only the maladministration of municipalities – there are other contributing systemic factors connected to their failure to pay for the power they use, write Patronella Nqaba, Joel Pearson and Thoko Jean Chilenga

Municipalities default on Eskom bills despite intervention

2017-01-17 10:42

Despite a number of government interventions in 2016, municipalities owing money to Eskom have still defaulted on electricity bills.

Eskom can turn off the lights, court rules

2017-01-05 10:29

Eskom may cut off power supply to eight municipalities with outstanding debt, a judge has ruled.

Eskom not constitutionally obliged to provide power - judge

2017-01-04 11:34

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that South Africa's constitution does not oblige Eskom to provide electricity to ratepayers.

6 Limpopo municipalities on verge of collapse

2016-12-08 16:21

Six Limpopo municipalities are on the verge of financial collapse and need urgent bailouts, the provincial government says.

Treasury concerned that one-third of municipalities need help

2016-11-11 08:37

National Treasury said one-third of municipalities in South Africa is in financial distress.

Treasury launches Municipal Money for all to see

2016-10-26 19:46

An open local government budget data portal has been launched by National Treasury to give citizens information on the financial performance of municipalities.

Local councils must serve all, not only party backers

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Coalition chess: Should DA give Tshwane to EFF? What voters say

2016-08-15 10:12

Talks about DA/EFF deals to oust the ANC in Johannesburg and Tshwane has outraged some voters, but delighted others.

Municipal elections matter. But not in the way we think.

2016-07-21 15:36

Can voters be swayed by service delivery performance? Research proves that elections aren’t that straightforward - they tend to be much more complex and messy.


Alan Norman: “I have a dream for SA in 2017…”

2017-01-17 16:14

Alan Norman's dream for 2017 is that the rampant mismanagement of many of our local government institutions is arrested before they become totally dysfunctional.

Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money

2017-01-11 19:51

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says National Treasury will act against municipalities which have failed to settle their debt to Eskom.

Eskom postpones cutting power to 8 municipalities

2017-01-04 13:22

Eskom has postponed cutting power to eight municipalities with outstanding debt, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

Who needs local Govt? Eastern Cape citizens transform seaside village, one pothole at a time

2016-12-12 19:13

While some people press their local authorities to drive change, the residents of an Eastern Cape seaside resort town are quietly cracking on with fixing problems.

Nkomazi municipality vs Leopard Creek

2016-11-16 11:53

It is absolute nonsense that a wealthy place such as Leopard Creek pays such low rates and taxes. Johann Rupert must do the right thing.

How are your property rates being spent? Now you can find out – at municipal money portal

2016-10-27 15:46

National Treasury has made it easier for everyone to see how each municipality is spending local rates and taxes.

Graham Sell: SA’s drinking water reservoirs are full of shit. Literally.

2016-09-27 13:01

Figures show the lack of concern most municipalities have for the quality of “treated” effluent released back into rivers and dams - primary sources for our drinking water.

Radebe: Govt will continue to fund municipalities

2016-08-22 11:22

The government will continue to fund municipalities which are no longer under the rule of the governing party so that they can maintain infrastructure, says Minister Jeff Radebe.

Graham Sell: 2016 elections – Free, Fair, or Fraud?

2016-07-26 07:17

Graham Sell has decided recently to take a look at the candidate lists for the upcoming Local Government elections which he says are not as boring as you might think.

WATCH: How to get elections 2016 to come to you

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