The total funding gap in the country’s biggest municipalities, including its eight metros, is expected to reach R569bn over 10 years, a report has found The state of city finances report, released by the SA Cities Network in Johannesburg on Monday, made it clear that the metros would not be able to meet their core mandates over the medium to long term if that funding gap is not bridged. The funding gap the report referred to is the difference between available revenue and capital finance, and the operating and capital expenditure required for municipalities to adequately deliver on their mandates. The report estimated that a funding gap of R18bn in 2017 is projected to grow to R83bn by 2026. This would translate to a total gap of R569bn over 10 years. The report said cities could and should take steps to close the gap, but that they needed policy support at national level to develop and implement alternative revenue models. The analysis used in the report said the funding gap was li...

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