Ailing municipalities warned

2012-12-04 10:15

Johannesburg - Under-performing municipalities will be put under administration, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi warned on Tuesday.

"First we have to understand why the municipality is not performing. We then provide support. In a situation when this municipality is not (performing)... you put it under administration," he said.

Baloyi was speaking at a breakfast meeting in Fourways north of Johannesburg.

He said Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution made provision for municipalities to be placed under administration if they cannot fulfil an executive obligation in terms of the Constitution.

He said municipalities must be able to provide services to communities.

"For service delivery to happen there must be good governance, sound financial management. We need to make sure that infrastructure development is in place, and fight corruption."

  • Erna - 2012-12-04 10:22

    If you employ the right people, no municipality should have to be placed under administration. Wasn't necessary before.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-12-04 11:19

      "For service delivery to happen there must be good governance, sound financial management. We need to make sure that infrastructure development is in place, and fight corruption." We have known this for the past 500 years Moron !

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-04 13:01

      I was informed today that there is "restructuring" on the horizon within municipalities.... again. Whispers echo an 200% to 400% increase in positions that will be created within local government. The funny thing is salaries take up the bulk of the expenditure and above that the bulk of the municipalities can hardly afford their current salary expenditure. Typical cANCer approach. Local government is already saturated to the brim with incompetents, criminality, low performance and almost non excitant responsibility. It's just a job engine now that has little to no regard for the paying man on the street. God only knows where this is going to end.

  • heini.botes - 2012-12-04 10:26

    Warned of what??? You morons don't even have a clue what you are doing in government, how do you expect the idiots in the muncipalities whould know what they are doing?? cANCer ridden disease!!!!

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-04 10:28

    Here is your answer: they are unqualified and corrupt!

  • timothy.crowley.96 - 2012-12-04 10:40

    The attitude of municipalities is changing from a service provider to one that says be grateful for what you get.

  • gregory.hill.984 - 2012-12-04 10:42

    Fire and hire half the amount of staff you have now, only difference, get competent staff, stop hiring your friends, cousins, brothers, sister and chauffeurs

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-04 13:33

      When the new dispensation came into effect in 94 the working administration was replaced. The employee capacity was increased by roughly 700% and in some cases a lot more. Technically speaking if you rehire the old guard the municipalities would be able to function properly with 20%-30% of the current employee complement.

  • Zan D. Lang - 2012-12-04 10:42

    The KSD (King Sabata Dalindyebo) Municipality and OR Tambo Mnicipalities in Mthatha are the worst and all their employees deserve to be thrown out on to the Crime and Potholed streets they run...

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-12-04 10:52

    they are so compatent. i live in kempton park and went to query my water consumption and was told to monitor my water consumption i must weigh my water every time i use water. does anybody know where i can buy a water scale.

      BobM6389 - 2012-12-04 11:12

      Get someone who is competent to do a test of your meter for accuracy. Then do your own meter readingson a monthly basis and keep the readings.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-12-04 11:16

      OMG !! Lol

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-04 15:15

      That's customer service for you....they are soooooo helpfull aren't they ?.....

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-12-04 10:54

    Ya ya we've heard this before. But what is the ANC focusing on, making the Western Cape ungovernable and merging Midvaal into another municipality...

  • graham.goodman.77 - 2012-12-04 10:58

    And what good will "being under administration do"? It will just move the corruption and incompetence to a higher level. Even more palms to be greased and back pokets to be filled!

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-12-04 11:09

    Someone working at our municipality told me they need to be in office from 9 am - 10 am to qualify for a full days work...

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-04 11:11

    the whole of the cANCer should be put under 'administration'

  • reine.marais - 2012-12-04 11:19

    Oh, wow, this is going to be a huge help. If it wasn't real, it would be funny. Actually, I think our government would make a great spoof, you know, like The Office.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-12-04 11:39

    "First we have to understand why the municipality is not performing." Understand this: Deploying Cadres who have limited intelligence; poor education and an infinite sense of entitlement, is a formula for disaster.

  • jurgens.liebenberg.5 - 2012-12-04 11:40

    Ho Hum, here we go again, how many of you believe in father christmas,same thing, its a MYTH that anything that is now done to "save" municipalities would actually work.

  • john.thelps - 2012-12-04 11:41

    They are not performing because all the people that had any idea how to do the job were fired and replaced by cronies who has no clue. Please do not appoint another commission to find out why!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-04 13:17

      The Auditor general already knows this. In fact the Auditor general is commonly used as a tool to get rid of the few competent people within local government.

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-12-04 12:23

    Haha that's why these municipalities get audited EVERY YEAR and the Auditor General qualifies them EVERY YEAR due to fruitless and wasteful expenditure, limitation of scope of information, segregation of duties, non-disclosures.. the list goes on and on.. the detailed report is handed to the MEC of each province every year but nothing is ever done.. that's why.. there’s no need for another committee, the appointed committee would probably be another tender operations benefitting some friend of the current cANCer MEC.. If you think of it.. a municipality should be the most profitable entity possible.. it sells electricity/water/refuse and taxes you on property. All commodities everyone has to buy.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-12-04 12:39

    There is a lot of corruption within municipality. For an example, they advertise positions but u will never received a response or u will not be invited for an interview. You get employed if you know someone there.This causes poor perfomence on their side because of unskilled employees.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-04 13:15

      It is a well know fact that people employ their kin, friends and family within the municipalities that they have control over. This is common knowledge.

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  • mondli.botha.9 - 2012-12-04 12:54

    Illegalize cadre deployment or deploy cadres with the requisite skills. Stop provincial interference and professionalize that sphere of government. The national and provincial governments are the reason why municipalities are failing to deliver basic services to the people. And lastly change is always good my vote for 2014 is up for grabs!

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