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Auditor-general (AG) Tsakani Maluleke’s latest report into municipal finances paints a nightmarish picture of the viability of local government in SA. In her view, the situation in 28% of the country’s municipalities is so dire that there is “significant doubt” they will be able to continue operating as going concerns in the near future.

It’s a huge problem because municipalities cannot provide services — their raison d’être — if they’re overwhelmed by financial concerns. ..

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