Only 1 out of 11 Gauteng municipalities in good financial health

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Sunrise in Johannesburg would be more beautiful if municipalities in the province got its financial health in order. Picture: Gallo
Sunrise in Johannesburg would be more beautiful if municipalities in the province got its financial health in order. Picture: Gallo
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“Weak and inadequate individual and collective governance, accountability and leadership” in Gauteng municipalities have been identified by a committee of inquiry as being at the heart of the challenges that confront municipalities and the overall system of local governance.

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lebogang Maile Maile set up the committee of inquiry into the state of Gauteng municipalities in 2019 – chaired by former City of Johannesburg city manager and Wits School of Governance executive development unit head Trevor Fowler – to investigate the state of municipalities in the province, specifically focusing on the performance and internal affairs of municipalities, their financial governance and viability, institutional capability, good governance, public participation, effective service delivery and whether they were are fulfilling their constitutional mandate.

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