South African cities are making efforts to improve the ease of doing business, but the pace of reform has been slow over the past three years, according to a new report on doing business in SA by the World Bank Group. Some South African cities are performing on a par with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cities but some are lagging among the bottom 20 globally, Paul Noumba Um, South African country director for the World Bank said. "Even though reforms have been few, where they have been measured they have led to striking results." Noumba Um said closer co-operation is needed between national and local government levels to streamline the business environment. Since the last study, Cape Town, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay have implemented reforms. Four of the reforms improved the conditions for businesses to obtain electricity, and one made it easier to transfer property. Cape Town, for example, leads in dealing with constructio...

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