Almost half of municipalities in Gauteng, SA’s economic hub, are in a "vulnerable financial state", but this excludes the province’s three metros. This is according to the auditor-general’s audits for the 2016-17 financial year. Dumisani Cebekhulu, the business executive responsible for Gauteng at the office of the auditor-general, unpacked the state of the municipalities as reflected in the province’s most recent audit results. This followed the release of consolidated local government outcomes for the 2016-17 financial year by auditor-general Kimi Makwetu in May. The 2016-17 audit dealt with the first financial year under a new provincial administration after the 2016 local government elections, which took place a little more than a month into the financial year under review. In terms of Cebekhulu’s report on the audit outcomes, 45% of the municipalities in the province were in a vulnerable financial state. Gauteng has 11 municipalities, of which three — Johannesburg, Tshwane and ...

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