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The capacity of new municipalities to meet their new economic objectives

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dc.contributor.advisor Mabin AS en
dc.contributor.author Ndlela LO en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:04Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:04Z
dc.date.created 2000 en
dc.date.submitted 2001 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109362
dc.description.abstract The Constitution mandates municipalities to, within their own resources, promote economic development thus extending the local government mandate more than ever before. While this is in line with making local government a sphere in its own right with legislative and executive powers vesting in municipalities, not all the municipalities have the financial and administrative capacity to meet this very daunting task. Most municipalities are faced with service and infrastructure backlogs in the formerly black areas which were rendered under-developed or not developed at all by apartheid. Moreover, the new municipalities are made up of amalgamated areas incorporating rural areas, thus increasing the responsibility of service delivery exceeding by far the tax base. <br><br> This research has set out to investigate the financial and administrative capacity of Tzaneen and Duiwelskloof municipalities for local economic development. This study has found that the two case studies, though to minimally differing degrees, lack both the financial and administrative capacity to carry out this mandate. Both these municipalities are experiencing huge service and infrastructure backlogs as well as declining employment and increasing levels of poverty, thus rendering more people unable to pay for services. These municipalities are therefore losing revenue from non- payment and therefore are unable to extend services to areas currently not receiving them. In the end, these municipalities either have no surplus revenue at all for economic development activities or have some but the debt owed to them is so high that even small savings and contributions to investments are undermined. en
dc.language English en
dc.title The capacity of new municipalities to meet their new economic objectives en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MM (LGD) en

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