President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday visit the embattled Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in the Free State as part of the Presidential Imbizo.
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Cabinet has decided to put the municipality under national administration after a series of governance failures and financial mismanagement.
The president’s visit will help to unlock all challenges to service delivery in line with the District Development Model.
The Mangaung municipality is one of the country’s eight metros that have failed on multiple fronts.
It was placed under the provincial administration in 2019 after failing to implement a financial recovery plan from the previous year.
However, the situation worsened forcing the national government to take charge of its administration.
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality owes Bloem Water more than R200 million :
President Ramaphosa is worried and vows to turn things around. Several ministers will be on the ground on Friday morning as a build-up to the president’s visit.