The eThekwini Municipality has said mayor Mxolisi Kaunda’s turn-around strategy has seen it perform better than the City of Cape Town in a municipal index. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi African News Agency(ANA)
The eThekwini Municipality has said mayor Mxolisi Kaunda’s turn-around strategy has seen it perform better than the City of Cape Town in a municipal index. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi African News Agency(ANA)

EThekwini Municipality ‘best performing metro’

By Thami Magubane Time of article published Oct 21, 2021

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DURBAN - ETHEKWINI Municipality is “flying high” following a study that ranked it as the best performing metro in the country.

The municipality said that findings by News24’s Out of Order Index showed that eThekwini achieved 62 out of 100, followed by the City of Cape Town and Tshwane with 61 out of 100. The City of Joburg achieved a score of 53 out of 100.

The index looked at a range of factors including financial metrics and service delivery indicators.

The finding, eThekwini said in a statement, is credited to mayor Mxolisi Kaunda’s turnaround strategy.

The findings pointed out that of the metros and municipalities researched in the study, eThekwini had performed better than Cape Town due to the latter’s underspending against its budgeted operating expenditure in the 2018/19 financial year.

Kaunda said it is heartening that the turnaround strategy is beginning to yield positive results.

“Following these findings, the city will continue to accelerate service delivery by multiplying our efforts to usher in a better life for scores of people. We are appealing to our residents to bear with us and join us in making eThekwini a liveable city for all,” said Kaunda.

Listing some of its achievements, the city said over the past five years, it has built 15 799 houses, has rolled out water infrastructure to rural communities and informal settlements within eThekwini while upgrading existing and replacing ageing water infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted water supply.

Households with access to water have increased from 898 457 in 2016 to 960 710 in 2021, it said.

The municipality has also maintained its track record of achieving an unqualified audit opinion.

It also said that a recent report by the Global Credit Rating Agency stated that it has improved its credit rating outlook to positive despite the tough economic climate which resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic.

IFP eThekwini councillor Mdu Nkosi said he had heard the mayor praising the findings.

“We question what services are they refereeing to, we live in Durban. There are people that are without water or electricity, people sleeping in the street and there are regular protests, so what service are they referring to?”

Councillor Nicole Graham of the DA said what is claimed in the survey and the reality on the ground were very different things.

She said people that live in Durban are not impressed with the level of service delivery they get, citing basic service delivery failure like water outages.

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