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‘Failing’ municipalities to get hefty slice of virus money pie

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The number of municipalities in financial distress has doubled from 64 to 125 in the past decade, while service delivery protests had risen from 107 in 2009 to 218 in 2019.


25 Jun 2020
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‘Failing’ municipalities to get hefty slice of virus money pie

Picture for illustration. Residents took to the corner of Golden Highway and Fourth Avenue at Driziek 3 in Orange Farm against the lack of water and electricity for over a year. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Local government, a hotbed of maladministration and financial mismanagement, is set to have its funding share increased from R133 billion to R140 billion due to Covid-19 devastation, with an additional R11 billion in equitable share. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni also announced on Wednesday in his supplementary budget that the national budget share for the 2020-21 has been increased from R758 billion to R790 billion, while the provincial share was slashed from R649 billion to R645 billion. The number of municipalities in financial distress has doubled from 64 to 125 in the past decade, with data analytics firm Municipal IQ pointing...

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