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R98 billion debt owed to municipalities for water, sanitation, electricity and waste management - 2015-02-28 12:43:00 Much is said about the R4,75 billion municipalities owe Eskom, but little is said about the exorbitant R98 billion that is owed to municipalities for services such as water, sanitation, electricity, waste management.   R5, 4 billion of this debt is owed by government, representing 5.6 percent of the total outstanding debt – an amount which exceeds the R 4, 75 billion that municipalities owe Eskom.  The largest portion of the debt is owed by households which account...
Finance Minister says national, provincial and local government will collaborate in pursuing a better future for SA - 2015-02-26 21:09:00 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene tabled his national budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday, 25 February. Minister Nene said while South Africa has made progress in dismantling the apartheid divisions, there are still fault-lines across the social landscape. He said although SA continues to register positive growth rates, many businesses have struggled to maintain profitability, unemployment remains high and government has had to adjust to slower revenue growth. “We must ...
SALGA is committed to working with government and the private sector to deliver better service delivery to communities - 2015-02-25 10:34:00 SALGA on behalf of organised local government expresses its sincere appreciation and privilege to reflect on the key issues President Jacob Zuma touched on in his State of the Nation Address (SONA). SALGA was accorded the opportunity to respond to the President’s speech during a Joint Sitting Debate on the State of the Nation Address. SALGA Chairperson Councillor Thabo Manyoni said local government has made significant contributions in the expansion of infrastructure and ser...
SONA : President Jacob Zuma calls for good governance, effective administration and accountability in municipalities - 2015-02-13 04:26:00 President Jacob Zuma has urged municipalities to ensure good governance and effective administration through cutting wastage and spending public funds prudently. He was delivering his 8th State of the National Address (SONA) on Thursday, 12 February 2015. President Zuma told a joint seating of parliament that government will continue to provide infrastructure support to specific municipalities in the country. He added that funding has already been provided for electrification to th...
SALGA condemns violent protests and calls for public engagements - 2015-02-12 12:46:00 The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has noted with concern the escalating culture of violence in community protests across the country. This is often characterised by blocking of roads, destruction and burning of public facilities meant to deliver much needed services to the aggrieved communities as well as injury or loss of human life on numerous occasions. The prolonged shutdown of Malumelele in Limpopo, the burning of a Mayors house and municipal buildings in Ran...
SALGA voices concern over the looming shortage of burial sites in Metropolitan Municipalities - 2015-01-13 14:20:00 South Africa’s major metropolitan municipalities are grappling with the insistent issue of shortage of burial sites. Currently most municipalities have less than 50% of cemeteries that still have the capacity to accommodate more in-ground burials. Apart from this high demand for in-ground burial that has caused this, an alarming research shows that other cemeteries are located on unsuitable landscapes. SALGA as the voice of local government is concerned about the absence ...
SALGA Women's Commission holds a four-day National Executive Lekgotla in Mpumalanga - 2014-11-10 12:21:00 The SALGA Women Commission (SWC) held a four-day National Executive Lekgotla from the 10th till the 13th November in White River, Mpumalanga Province.    The SWC Lekgotla theme was “Celebrating 60 Years of the Women’s Charter and 20 Years of Democracy: Moving Women’s Agenda in Local Government Forward”.   Key to the SWC Lekgotla discussions was the audit of women representation and participation in local government ahead of 2016 electi...
SALGA and ESKOM sign partnership agreement - 2014-10-31 00:12:00 SALGA and ESKOM has formalised a partnership through an active partnering agreement to ensure a cooperative and collaborative working relationship.   On Thursday, 30 October 2014, SALGA and ESKOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pretoria. The partnering agreement marks a significant milestone in SALGA's efforts to address service delivery challenges experienced by some municipalities, such as billing problems, the scourge of cable theft, bulk municipal...
SALGA is committed to assisting municipalities improve service delivery - 2014-10-30 23:56:00 The SALGA National Executive Committee (NEC) has committed to confront Local Government Challenges Head On.      This commitment was made during a two-day Lekgotla on 29-30 October in Pretoria were SALGA NEC members debated policy imperatives and actions needed for Local Government to improve service delivery and to more broadly achieve the objectives of the National Developmental Plan.     The NEC's discussions brought together the strategic ou...
SALGA's National Executive Committee holds a two-day Lekgotla - 2014-10-29 10:56:00 SALGA’s top leadership held its two-day National Executive Committee Lekgotla on 29-30 October in Kameeldrift East, Pretoria North.   The aim of the Lekgotla was to consider policy imperatives necessary for local government to achieve better developmental outcomes and implement the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 (NDP).    The other aim of the Lekgotla was to consider the strategic outcomes of the Provincial Members Assem...
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