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R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape

  The community of Steytleville outside Port Elizabeth will no longer have to face shortages of water in summer thanks to the newly launched R116 million water treatment plant. The water treatment plant was supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, (the dti) through its Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP), Department of Water and Sanitation […]

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Joburg Fresh Produce Market initiative creates 6000 jobs – Parks Tau

The City of Johannesburg, through the Joburg Fresh Produce Market initiative, is alleviating the problem of unemployment, in its own way. City of Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, revealed this during the Joburg Market Exporters Day recently. “Through the Joburg Market, we have created opportunities for growth and jobs. Our market agents and tenants have created […]

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Gauteng’s procurement pledge to boost township businesses

It might be belated, but it’s a bold step nonetheless. The Gauteng Provincial Government has committed to allocating 30% of its procurement spending to township-based businesses. In a statement, the provincial government said its departments would have to prioritise purchases of goods and services below the R500, 000 threshold towards the township economy. Under terms […]

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The “Province of Plenty” to reduce mining dependency

Judging from the trend of events, Gauteng, the country’s richest province will have to seek alternatives to diversify its economy from over-dependence on mining and steel industries. The Province’s Premier, David Makhura, said this today during the Gauteng City Region Spatial Planning Summit in Sandton. Makhura said diversification was aimed at mitigating effects that the […]

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Strategic partnerships for efficient municipalities

On the occasion of celebrating 15 years of the existence of local municipalities, it is just natural to take stock of their performance, more especially, the quality of services to end users. Of course, the results are mixed. But in general, in spite of the service delivery shortcomings, local municipalities are now more inclusive, targeted […]

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Dysfunctional municipalities’ redtape hinders service delivery

South Africa, a higher middle income country, is privileged to have better access to financial resources than most of its Southern African peers. Nonetheless, this has not worked to the country’s advantage as redtape from dysfunctional municipalities continues to hinder the progress of most of the public infrastructure projects. Transform SA Online gathered this from […]

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SAP South Africa to assist local authorities put books in order

To assist the National Treasury in stemming the tide of financial wastage in local authorities, SAP South Africa tells Transform SA that it intends to engage with its ecosystem and local government with a view to assisting local government municipalities to simplify its functions and new regulatory processes. This follows the recently published Municipal Regulation […]

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Salga brings performance-based remuneration to attention

Whether you are productive or not, one is still paid, according to the country’s labour regulations. This provision has been attributed to contributing to the low level of productivity in the economy. Now, a new arrangement should compel the government to consider reviewing its remuneration approach. In its negotiation with the SA Municipal Workers Union […]

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Depriving municipalities equitable share to hit poor hardest – Salga CEO

There is an African proverb which goes: when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. And in this context, the elephants are the local councils and the central government, on the one hand, and the grass are residents who need access to basic services. South African Local Government Association (Salga) CEO Xolile George […]

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