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westerncape thumb medium80 80TimesLIVE reports that the Kannaland municipality, which is one of SA’s poorest municipalities, is planning to outsource the provision of electricity and water services at a cost of R735m.  

However, the Western Cape provincial government is mounting a legal challenge to stop the council in the central Karoo from “incurring massive liabilities that it simply cannot afford”.  “There are ongoing efforts to push through a contract with a private entity for the provision of electricity and water services and infrastructure at a cost of hundreds of millions of rand that would bind the municipality for more than 25 years,” advised Anton Bredell, Western Cape minister for local government.  The project will apparently come at a cost of R735m, even though the municipality’s entire available operating budget for 2020/21 is R174m.  The provincial government has also raised concern about several new staff appointments, including a “political support” officer and other support staff, which Bredell described as “particularly reprehensible for a small municipality in a financial crisis struggling to deliver services to the community and dealing with the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic”.  He commented further as follows:  “The financial recovery plan put in place for the municipality introduced a cost-effective and cost-saving staffing structure which is being ignored. This smacks of jobs for pals and is simply unacceptable.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bobby Jordan at TimesLIVE

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