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.

Van Rooyen must halt mounting municipal debt

2016-02-03 09:00

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen must find a solution to mounting municipal debt if municipalities are to survive, warns an expert.

Eskom pulls plug on defaulting NC municipalities

2016-01-29 09:12

Eskom has interrupted power supply to five Northern Cape municipalities due to non-payment.

Municipal debt continues to pull Eskom down

2015-11-24 11:14

Municipalities with a culture of non-payment owed Eskom R5.6bn in arrear debt as at September 30, the power utility has disclosed.

Investment in water infrastructure worrying

2015-11-12 11:54

As SA battles drought-induced water shortages, a survey shows that some municipalities’ capital expenditure on water was high, while others spent significantly less.

Municipalities facing cash flow crunch

2015-10-23 10:15

Municipalities are facing a cash flow crisis with not even half having sufficient cash reserves of three months or more.

Eskom's power plan could hurt municipalities

2015-06-05 19:22

A Stats SA report shows which councils are likely to feel the pinch from Eskom's electricity redistribution plan.


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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Provinces, municipalities get less

2016-02-24 14:21

SA’s nine provinces will have to make do with R14.9bn less than estimated to make provision for funding requirements elsewhere, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

N Cape premier seeks debt deal with Eskom

2016-02-02 06:51

Sylvia Lucas, the premier of the Northern Cape, will lead a high-level meeting with Eskom following power cuts to five municipalities last week.

Eskom power cuts a last resort for indebted customers

2015-12-22 12:20

Cutting off power intermittently to five Eastern Cape municipalities is a last resort measure, says Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.

Municipalities still saddled with bad debts

2015-11-12 15:47

Some municipalities such as Johannesburg are still saddled with bad debt, mainly because of unfavourable economic conditions, a report shows.

SA's biggest cities in better financial shape - report

2015-11-12 09:47

Despite consistent improvement in financial management, SA's largest municipalities remain under pressure from historical backlogs and urbanisation, a survey has found.

Merging municipalities will escalate problems: opposition parties

2015-07-07 15:49

Opposition parties this week warned that amalgamating struggling municipalities with other municipalities would lead to bigger problems and would not necessarily be a solution to deal with financially non-viable municipalities.

Eskom to pull plug on top 20 defaulting municipalities

2015-04-10 13:26

Eskom plans to interrupt bulk electricity supply to the top 20 defaulting municipalities across the country, with effect from June.

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