The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), the largest union in local government, is calling for urgent government intervention in struggling municipalities to prevent their collapse, which could be detrimental to service delivery as the sector is a crucial sphere of government closest to the people.

The call follows disclosures by monitoring, planning, and evaluation minister Maropene Ramakgopa, in a parliamentary reply, in which she stated that most of the 257 municipalities in SA were distressed and dysfunctional...

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