OPINION: Landmark court ruling highlights crisis in South Africa's cities and towns

2020-01-21 12:47

The ruling is a victory for activists who have been embroiled in a long-running battle against the dysfunctional and incompetent municipal council run by the African National Congress (ANC), writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.

Cape Town prepaid electricity meters will be offline due to maintenance

2020-01-08 12:46

The City of Cape Town has informed residents that prepaid electricity meters will be offline for a few hours in mid-January, due to maintenance.

Eskom: 'Progress' in getting Northern Cape councils to pay up

2019-12-11 18:29

Eskom announced in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that it would suspend power interruptions to 11 municipalities that owed the utility money for electricity, as it was "pleased" with progress made in retrieving outstanding debts from the defaulting councils.

UPDATE: Eskom denies sidelining Free State municipality

2019-10-28 06:15

The power utility has denied that it will supply businesses in Harrismith directly with power as part of a new deal with local businesses.

Ministerial task team AWOL at Parly meeting as council debt to Eskom swells

2019-10-22 13:51

"The conduct of the task team tells us to jump off the nearest cliff," fumed Scopa chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

Water utility plans to reduce water pressure of 3 municipalities who are in arrears

2019-09-26 22:16

Three municipalities, which owe Rand Water hundreds of millions of rand, will have reduced water pressure if they fail to pay by October 1, the water utility announced on Thursday.

Call to clamp down on water 'stealers'

2019-08-27 22:13

The verification and validation of the use of water in SA is urgently needed, says the CEO of the South African Association of Water User Associations.

Call for political parties to support campaign to recall incompetent ward councillors

2019-08-01 18:06

ANC and DA representatives received the memorandum from protesters, but the EFF spurned the demonstrators.

From polluting toilets to a missing sports stadium – here are some of the municipal horror stories from the latest audit report

2019-06-27 18:09

The latest annual municipal audit report details some alarming instances of maladministration in several towns and cities in South Africa.


New bill to help municipalities charge owners developing property

2020-01-08 20:07

National Treasury has released a new draft law that will standardise the fees municipalities charge for new property developments.

Eskom starting to play hardball in Soweto

2019-12-22 14:56

Eskom is starting to play hardball with non-paying residents of Soweto, reports Netwerk24.

Eskom wants to cut Bloem's power due to unpaid bills - these municipalities could be next

2019-11-27 12:44

Municipalities owe Eskom R36.5bn – with Soweto representing more than half of total municipal debt.

Some municipalities struggling to deliver services after VBS losses, AG warns

2019-11-07 13:16

Fourteen municipalities that deposited R1.6bn in the ill-fated VBS Mutual Bank were unlikely to ever recover their money, the auditor general says.

Another North West municipality placed under administration, council dissolved

2019-10-24 21:25

Fifteen out of 22 municipalities are battling to survive on their own after being placed under administration.

Mboweni claps back: If you want services, pay up

2019-10-02 20:05

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has stood firm on the user-pays principle, saying it's time to develop a "culture of paying" if the economy is to recover.

'The struggle is over.' Mabuza says apartheid-era culture of non-payment must end

2019-09-12 08:16

Deputy President David Mabuza has called on members of the National Council of Provinces to tell residents to pay for service delivery in order to improve rising debt levels in municipalities.

Alfred Nzo municipality announces changes to mayoral committee

2019-08-07 18:34

The Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape has announced two changes in its mayoral committee.

The R1.6bn VBS write-off and other worrying stats from the Auditor General

2019-07-16 16:43

The Auditor General has been given more teeth, and should be allowed to use them, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on the Auditor General have said.

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.

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