‘SA’s cities will need more help’

2011-04-21 00:00

“THE Msunduzi Municipality is an extreme illustration of mismanagement and breakdown in external trust …” So begins a paragraph in the latest State of the Cities Report for 2011.

The report, “Resilient Cities”, was launched in Johannesburg yesterday by the chairperson of the South African Cities Network (SACN) and Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Yunus Carrim.

Carrim said the State of the Cities Report outlines progress and challenges in municipal management over the past decade and examines how cities can become drivers of all-round development for the nation.

Details of Msunduzi’s plight are spelt out in the section on city governance, which notes that the municipality was put under administration with a weak financial system, revenue collection neglected and little available cash.

The report shows that other municipalities, including the metros, have faced their share of challenges.

Carrim noted that for cities to be more effective in the future they will require much more support from provincial and national government as part of a more integrated co-operative governance system.

“After all, the cities provide 60% of the country’s economic output. Their success is crucial to the strengthening of the rural areas and the country as a whole,” he said.

The deputy minister said that despite the difficulties cities have experienced over the past 10 years, the report points to the resilience they have shown.

In future they will need to have greater resilence in dealing with issues largely beyond their control, such as large-scale migration to the cities, fluctuations in the global economy and climate change.

Carrim said the report stressed the need to significantly reduce the racial spatial patterns of cities and improve the density of the population to encourage greater integration, lower transport costs and more effective use of limited energy resources.

The State of the Cities Report is available at the SACN website, www.sacn.net. A hard copy is available on request at SACN offices, which can be reached at 011 407 6471, 011 403 5230 (fax) or info@sacities.net

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