ARTICLES RELATING 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
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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.

Debt to metro councils rises

2011-09-02 13:11

Money owed to metropolitan municipalities increased by almost 20%, with Joburg the worst hit.

Union members refuse to strike

2011-08-15 19:56

More than 85% of SA Municipal Workers' Union members have boycotted a strike over wage increases in Gauteng.

Fight over Cape finances gets dirty

2011-07-13 20:33

The Cape Town city council and Cosatu are involved in a battle over alleged underspending which may end in a strike.

Nombembe: Most councils fail audits

2011-06-29 11:57

Auditor General Terence Nombembe says only seven out of 237 municipalities received a clean audit for the 2009/10 financial year.

More money to speed up service delivery

2011-05-31 21:49

Municipalities will receive a bigger slice of the budget to boost service delivery, says Acting Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

MPs approve bill to revamp councils

2011-04-12 15:38

Changes to laws governing municipalities include depoliticising the post of municipal manager and the hiring of professionals as chief financial officers.

Soaring municipal bills pound SA

2011-03-22 06:56

In the quarter to end-December SA consumers paid almost 46% more for municipal services than they had in the corresponding period a year earlier.

 

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
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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
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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.

Patchy municipal strike 'to intensify'

2011-08-16 08:41

Union leaders may try to step up a municipal strike, which has failed to get off the ground in some parts of SA.

Bus drivers on duty despite strike

2011-08-15 08:05

The City of Tshwane says all its bus drivers have reported for work despite the countrywide municipal strike.

Municipalities' misuse of money rockets

2011-06-30 06:53

Unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by municipalities rose 77% in the financial year to end-June 2010.

Consumers owe councils billions

2011-06-13 17:03

Outstanding debt to municipalities totals close to R62bn, says acting Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Councils drowning in water debt

2011-04-14 17:27

Municipalities owe water boards more than R1bn in debt and the shortfall is growing, says Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

No ruling in fight over Joburg rates

2011-02-22 20:24

The High Court has reserved judgment in a case disputing a municipal rates increase of 28% imposed on Johannesburg property owners.

 
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