Municipal services

Municipal services are provided at huge financial cost to SA, says expert

While the results of the 2020 Non-Financial Municipal Census were horrific, experts say it came as no surprise following a warning from the Office of the Auditor General (AG) which said more than a quarter of SA municipalities are on the brink of financial collapse. SA had more than 3.6 million indigent households in 2020, a 6.4% increase from 2019 and an increase in the bucket toilet system in the Free State and Eastern Cape, according to General Statistician Risenga Maluleke . “We all know that many local municipalities are in dire straits, which has an impact on the lack of service…