South Africa 13.6.2018 06:09 pm

Treasury commits to supporting struggling municipalities

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. Picture Leon Lestrade / ANA

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. Picture Leon Lestrade / ANA

It is hoped that government, the private sector and others could re-position municipalities as co-drivers of economic development and growth.

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said today the government is committed to supporting the turnaround of municipalities that are in financial distress.

Speaking at the municipal innovative infrastructure financing conference, Nene said he hoped that government, the private sector and other stakeholders could work together to re-position municipalities as co-drivers of economic development and growth.

“The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) recently announced that 87 municipalities were deemed dysfunctional. In collaboration with National Treasury, Cogta will support these municipalities to rebuild a foundation for sound financial management,” Nene said.

Last month, auditor-general Kimi Makwetu painted a dismal picture of the state of municipalities, saying irregular expenditure by municipalities had increased by 75 percent in the past financial year, while fruitless expenditure went up from just over R16 billion to more than R28 billion in the same period.

African News Agency (ANA)

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