‘Failure of municipalities to spend funds cause for concern’

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In response to the cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal, Tshwane, President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concern about the failure of municipalities to spend funds allocated for infrastructure development.

Ramaphosa was speaking during the Presidency Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

He says the Department of Water and Sanitation will continue to engage stakeholders in municipalities and provide support where needed. Ramaphosa says the failure by municipalities to spend their infrastructure allocation highlights the broader challenge of dysfunctional municipalities.

Ramaphosa says, “We need to strengthen local government by separating the administration from undue political influence, could and should involve competency verification by the department such as COGTA and the Treasury. This will ensure that people with the right skills and experience are appointed.

He says by the end of this financial year, an integrated sector reading plan must be developed and implemented in provinces.

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