Governance and financial management of most municipalities have improved over the 15 years

Governance and financial management of most municipalities have improved. Towards the end of 2015, Msunduzi, Ugu, George and Knysna municipalities received clean audits. The majority of the countries municipalities have improved their financial and non-financial management systems, which has resulted in good but not yet best audit outcomes and many of our municipalities have contributed in building sustainable communities through mayoral bursary schemes and social security programmes.

All these successes were possible through national government’s unshakable commitment in strengthening local government, the first point of contact with citizens, where aspirations and anxieties are most keenly felt. Because of the progressive character of our government, it recognised the developmental duties of local government, hence an increase of what municipalities are receiving from the revenue raised nationally (equitable share).Furthermore, various grants were distributed to municipalities to build, expand and maintain public infrastructure, and much-needed technical support was given to municipalities through the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their project management capabilities.

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