Mtho Xulu, president of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the biggest voice of small business in the country, says “chaos” in local government and load-shedding are the largest threats to the viability of these entities, which should be South Africa's economic backbone.

“It's creating a dire situation across the country. Drastic action from government to stop this chaos is long overdue. It's getting a lot of attention now because it's affecting the big metros, but with every local government election you've had more and more municipalities collapsing.”..

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