State of cities’ finances remain poor amid Covid-19 and increased urbanisation

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Findings suggest that little has changed since previous reports. In fact, things have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Among key issues is the inability of cities to raise enough revenue to service urban populations, which are growing rapidly, as seen in the rise in informal settlements across the country. This impacts how cities provide the population with, among other things, access to electricity, water and safe sanitation.

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