Ex­ter­nal aid needed for Man­gaung

Business Day - - NATIONAL - Claudi Mailovich Po­lit­i­cal Writer mailovichc@busi­nesslive.co.za

Man­gaung in the Free State is the one of the coun­try’s eight met­ros that need ex­ter­nal sup­port to reach its full ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the sec­ond work­ing pa­per se­ries of the Ca­pa­ble Ci­ties in­dex (CCI).

De­spite this, the ca­pac­ity of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties over­all has im­proved since the last sur­vey for 2010-13. The study is com­piled by the Ap­plied Con­sti­tu­tional Stud­ies Lab­o­ra­tory and the Dul­lah Omar In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of the Western Cape.

The CCI mea­sures and ranks the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties on the ba­sis of their con­sis­tency in main­tain­ing high lev­els of ca­pac­ity, per­for­mance and com­pli­ance. The re­port found Man­gaung’s ca­pac­ity de­fi­cien­cies was un­likely to be rec­ti­fied with­out ex­ter­nal in­ter­ven­tion.

The re­port noted that 70% of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties could rely on in­cre­men­tal de­creases in va­cancy rates to ap­proach full ca­pac­ity, while the rest of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were de­fined by ca­pac­ity deficits. This stemmed largely from de­mand con­straints. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties would have to lift labour de­mand con­straints to raise their scores.

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the ex­tent to which mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have filled avail­able posts.

This, the re­port found, had trans­lated into a gen­eral im­prove­ment in mu­nic­i­pal ca­pac­ity, which was mea­sured by the ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­dex.

In 2013-16, 45 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties did not have per­ma­nently ap­pointed chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cers and mu­nic­i­pal man­agers.

How­ever, this has also been an im­prove­ment as it had dropped from 79 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the pre­vi­ous pe­riod.

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