Johannesburg mayor Thapelo Amad is in hot water after remarks that he had secured the prospect of a R9.5bn loan facility to address service delivery initiatives in SA’s biggest metro.

The cash-strapped municipality has been battling low revenue collection that has been worsened in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Revenue collection in the city, which has a budget of R77.3bn for the 2022/23 financial year, was R500m lower than targeted by October...

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