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Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni’s 2019 Budget review urged municipalities to ease their dependence on the national fiscus for infrastructure funding and instead attract private investment and take advantage of incentives that reward good governance.

Spending and budgetary performances may be improving — but there’s still a long way to go.

There’s a clear message to provinces and municipalities in this budget: get your financial house in order or national government will step in and do it for you.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) recently told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations that even though increases in allocations to municipalities were above inflation, they were not enough to pull them out of their various financial quandaries.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) recently told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that the 2018 version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was not least-cost based, and that this would have major financial repercussions for municipalities.

SAnews reports on the platform that will allow members of the public to contact politically-connected officials via WhatsApp.

City Press via News24 reports that municipalities want a bigger role in the energy future. They want to be allowed to generate their own electricity and to purchase directly from independent power producers.

GroundUp reports on the thousands of people who marched through Cape Town from Keizersgracht Street to the Civic Centre on Wednesday, Human Rights Day. They handed a memorandum to government representatives demanding land for people to live on.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) responds to Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba's, maiden national budget speech.

GroundUp reports that a ruling by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 9 February against the Endumeni Municipality is a warning to municipalities which do not comply with their constitutional obligations on housing.

The 2017 State of Local Governance was recently Launched on July 26th 2017. This year's theme recognises the importance of both accountability and collaboration as key values and activities that drive the reclaiming of local democratic space within the field of local democracy.  

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