- South Africa's municipalities are a worrying issue with fraud and corruption running rampant
- Despite this, there is hope for a better South Africa with viable solutions
- If municipalities are managed better and become more transparent, better service will be followed shortly by public trust
South African municipalities are the backbones of the society. Without a functioning municipality, communities suffer.
When basic services like electricity, sanitation and clean water are not delivered, the people suffer. And South Africans are tired of suffering because of municipalities that are mismanaged and corrupt.
South Africa's Auditor General has revealed that only about 13% of the country's municipalities are in compliance with legal requirements.
The reasons for the poor state of South Africa's municipalities can be blamed on terrible management skills, infighting and political interference.
The right people for the right jobs would also help solve a number of problems. But as things stand now, there is almost no accountability for what happens in the municipalities.
As South African citizens, we are all entitled to sewage removal, clean water and electricity, at the very least. For these needs to be met, South Africa's municipalities need to be sorted out.
This case is not hopeless, there are ways to fix the state of the municipalities, with some dedication and hard work.
It is important for the government to remember that the country's municipalities need support. Technical support for municipalities, providing workshops and extensive training will already start to help rebuild municipal workers and officials that have skills and trust in their capabilities.
There needs to be a closer look taken and better control of how debt collection is handled. Internal audits that are honest and revenue management should be improved.
The government also needs to monitor the financial performance of every municipality. If "big brother" is watching - really watching - fraud and corruption can be prevented.
Perhaps a much tighter grip on the way municipalities are run is what is called for. Transparency should also be standard in order for the South African public to regain trust in the municipalities that was placed there to serve them in the first place.
When municipalities work hard, it looks good for everyone:
With cooperation and dedicated municipal officials like there is in Johannesburg, South Africans can expect a brighter future for their youth.
More efforts like this will make a difference in the long run.
Of course, local residents should work together with their municipalities to create better communities.
Only when corruption, fraud and mismanagement has been removed from the municipalities, can the officials and communities work together to build a better tomorrow.
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