Threats and bribes – Auditor General tells of lengths councils go to avoid accountability

2019-12-08 13:06

Auditor General Kimi Makwetu said auditors and other staff in the AG's offices have had to endure stressful conditions, including bribes and intimidation.

Ralph Mathekga: Political battles rushing us headlong to the end of another wasted municipal term

2019-08-27 08:52

Halfway through the current term, the greatest achievement in Tshwane and Joburg is the failure of the ANC to remove the DA mayors. Mashaba's biggest achievement is that he survived the attempts to remove him, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Local government: Where state capture has led to state failure

2019-07-02 08:08

The state of municipalities in South Africa is the closest you get to state failure, a scenario where rules are broken systematically with impunity, writes Ralph Mathekga.

These municipalities are wasting the most taxpayer money

2019-06-27 15:54

Unauthorised, irregular and wasteful expenditure at municipalities has reached R122 billion. This is more than the total market capitalisation of Shoprite and Spar, combined.

7 municipal spending sins that Treasury hopes to curb

2019-06-12 12:03

From flashy cars to expensive consultants to splashing out on expensive overnight accommodation, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has unpacked National Treasury's latest local government expenditure guidelines that aims to curb municipal spending.

Cape Town’s taxi violence - rooted in attempts to govern competition

2019-04-20 17:30

South Africans need consistent and thoughtful local leadership both to enable convenient transport and to save lives, say Fiona Anciano and Laurence Piper.

Midvaal deputy municipal manager suspended over irregular appointments

2019-03-05 12:14

Deputy municipal manager in the DA-led local municipality of Midvaal, Thom Peeters, has been placed on special leave after a whistleblower reported allegations of irregular appointments.

Motion to remove Bobani as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor fails

2019-03-01 13:33

After more than 12 hours of hurled insults, threats, scuffles and near assaults, a motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani has been rejected by the city council.

New Tshwane mayor to reveal city manager's fate

2019-02-22 07:44

Newly elected Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa is expected to reveal the fate of city manager Moeketsi Mosola.

Get creative, Mboweni tells councils looking for infrastructure funds

2019-02-20 14:48

The Budget review says infrastructure grants would be changed to increase flexibility and incentivise private financing.


Fleet company that paid Malema fails to deliver on Joburg contract

2019-12-02 06:45

It’s a year since amaBhungane exposed how fleet company Afrirent funnelled money into a Malema-EFF slush fund – as it scored a R1.3bn City of Joburg contract. Now Afrirent is way behind delivering on that contract.

How to make our towns and cities work for us

2019-07-09 05:00

Our economy cannot grow unless there is radical transformation of our socio-economic system to free the human potential of the more than 60% of citizens who are currently living on the dysfunctional margins, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

SAHRC concerned municipalities are not improving their audit outcomes

2019-06-29 16:49

The SA Human Rights Commission says it unacceptable that billions were still irregularly spent when millions of people in the country continued living in impoverished and deplorable conditions.

Irregular expenditure in local govt remains high - Auditor-General

2019-06-26 15:37

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, the man responsible for auditing government books, has raised concerns about irregular expenditure in local government, saying it remains high, even though it is lower than that in previous years.

No more credit cards or free lunches: new rules for municipalities limit cars, consultants, and fancy chairs

2019-06-07 09:25

On 1 July the long-planned Municipal Cost Containment Regulations will limit local governments' ability to buy business class plane tickets, throw parties for themselves, subscribe to newspapers, or pay big entertainment allowances.

These are South Africa's most financially independent municipalities – including Nkandla

2019-04-02 14:27

Some 28 municipalities – a quarter of them in the North West – generate more than 89% of their own income.

Tshwane mayoral spokesperson fired over 'irregular' appointment

2019-03-04 14:16

Now former City of Tshwane spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi claims the city manager is purging employees seen to be close to former mayor Solly Msimanga.

New Tshwane mayor cancels controversial GladAfrica contract

2019-02-25 09:15

Newly elected Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has announced that the City has cancelled the scandal-ridden GladAfrica contract.

Retirement helping to ease public wage burden, says Mboweni

2019-02-20 14:50

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni said during his budget speech that monthly payrolls in 2018 showed an average of about 16 000 fewer employees than in 2015.

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

2019-02-15 08:36

After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for water, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero".

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