Umvoti Municipality ranked 183rd in SA

2016-03-09 06:00

A RECENT survey by Good Governance­ Africa produced a detailed best to worst ranking of South Africa’s 234 municipalities,according to 15 different criteria across three spheres of performance - administration, economic development and service­ delivery.

Umvoti Municipality was ranked 183rd out of the 234. Msinga Municipality, which also forms part of Umzinyathi District Municpality, was in the bottom 20, ranked 214th.

Service delivery was most heavily weighted, with eight indicators including access to piped water, electricity, sanitation, regular refuse removal, formal housing, health facilities, police coverage and access to quality education measured by how many residents had completed their matric.
Municipal capacity, financial soundness and compliance were included in the ranking, as were economic development indicators such as poverty, income, work opportunities and the area’s unemployment rate.

Almost all residents, or 98.8%, living in the top 20 municipalities, 15 of which are in the Western Cape, have access to piped water.
Most residents in those
areas have electricity at their homes (91.8%), refuse removal (79.8%) and proper sanitation.In contrast, in the bottom 20 municipalities an average of only 56.9% of residents have access to piped water, 55% have electricity, and 5.5% of households have their refuse removed.

GGA executive director Dr Alain Tschudin said: “Taken as a whole our GGA rankings communicate the urgency with which resources need to be invested in service delivery in the lower-ranked municipalities, as our nationally representative governance survey report confirms.”

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