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.

Salaries take up bulk of municipal costs

2016-06-29 13:15

The bulk of municipal expenditure went towards employee costs, which include salaries and benefits, the latest financial census of municipalities shows.

Over half of SA households have no water at home

2016-06-02 19:02

Although 89.4% of households in South Africa have access to piped water, less than half of them enjoy water in the comfort of their own homes, a survey shows.

Mashatile praises Gauteng municipalities

2016-06-01 19:46

MEC Paul Mashatile says Gauteng municipalities have become strong following the Auditor General’s report on the performance of Local Municipalities.

Financial health of municipalities a big worry

2016-06-01 13:19

Local government’s audit reporting standards have increased significantly, but the financial health of 92% of municipalities is concerning, or require intervention.

Bryan Britton: Local Municipality deficiencies need ‘Einstein’ moment come August

2016-05-01 10:11

An analyst evaluates the overall performance of SA's municipalities and concludes service delivery and quality of living will deteriorate over the short and medium term.

Moody's eyes SA municipalities, Sanral, City Power for downgrade

2016-03-13 15:35

Moody's has placed the ratings of 11 SA regional and local governments and three government-related entities under review for possible downgrade.

Gigaba waives destruction of uncollected IDs for elections

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba says his department will waive a rule on destroying uncollected ID books for the 2016 municipal election year.

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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

Do you qualify for a special vote? Check here.

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Municipalities with highest and lowest vacancy rate

2016-06-07 17:59

The total vacancy rates at municipalities was more than 13% in 2015, which had a negative impact on local governments’ ability to deliver critical services, says Stats SA.

SA municipalities are largely dysfunctional - EFF

2016-06-01 20:02

The majority of municipalities in South Africa remains dysfunctional, charged the Economic Freedom Fighters following the municipal audit outcome.

How poor debt collection cripples municipalities

2016-06-01 19:33

The inability to collect debt has been highlighted as a serious concern for impacting on municipalities’ ill financial health in the 2014-15 financial year.

Revisiting my R89 000 water bill. The system works. Hope springs.

2016-05-11 16:21

Biznews founder Alec Hogg tells how his R89 000 water bill was finally sorted out, with the help of the City of Johannesburg’s ombudsman.

Michael de Pinna: Come on Jozi Water: 32 hours and the flood continues

2016-03-16 06:34

Given the supposed water restrictions in the country, pre-flash floods, it’s mind boggling that water leaks are not always a priority.

Municipalities write off R574m as bad debt

2016-03-04 19:45

Spending by municipalities has generally increased from the first quarter of this year, but is still poor compared to the second quarter of the previous year, says Treasury.

Water, electricity losses cost more than R6bn

2016-02-24 15:14

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced initiatives to help underperforming municipalities improve revenue collection, record keeping and infrastructure spend.

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