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Free State municipalities fail liveability test – Solidarity

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

10 December 2015

Municipal governance, service delivery and liveability in the Free State is really quite pathetic. In addition, crime, especially violent crime, is out of control and in general the quality of drinking water is poor. This is the findings in the Liveability Monitor for the Free State, compiled by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), that was released today.

According to Dr Eugene Brink, senior researcher at the SRI, only 4 of the 20 municipalities in the Free State received a score of 5 or more out of 10 for their liveability. The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (Bloemfontein) and the Metsimaholo Local Municipality (Sasolburg) received the best liveability scores, namely 6½ out of 10. Brink said municipalities in the Free State received an average score of 3 out of 10 for liveability.

“Some municipalities were awarded low scores, even though they had fared well to extremely well in certain areas. However, they failed so miserably in some areas that their overall score was brought down as a result.

“Should their municipality councils intervene strategically, they might be able to raise their liveability scores considerably. However, some of them are facing structural challenges such as low schooling levels and dire poverty and these challenges are not going to disappear overnight,” Brink said.

The Free State Liveability Monitor is the sixth report in a series. Provinces that have been assessed include Gauteng, North-West, the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. As far as liveability is concerned, the Western Cape is the only one of these provinces where all the municipalities scored 5 or more out of 10, therefore, up to now it is the only province that fared relatively well as far as liveability is concerned.

The liveability scores of the various municipalities:

Municipality Score out of 10
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (Bloemfontein) 6½ out of 10
Mafube Local Municipality (Frankfort) 2 out of 10 10
Metsimaholo Local Municipality (Sasolburg) 6½ out of 10
Moqhaka Local Municipality (Kroonstad) 4½ out of 10
Ngwathe Local Municipality (Parys) 3 out of 10
Masilonyana Local Municipality (Theunissen) 1 out of 10
Matjhabeng Local Municipality (Welkom) 5 out of 10
Nala Local Municipality (Bothaville) 1½ out of 10
Tokologo Local Municipality (Dealesville) 1 out of 10
Tswelopele Local Municipality (Hoopstad) 4 out of 10
Dihlabeng Local Municipality (Bethlehem) 5 out of 10
Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality (Harrismith) 4 out of 10
Mantsopa Local Municipality (Ladybrand) 3 out of 10
Nketoana Local Municipality (Reitz) 2 out of 10
Phumelela Local Municipality (Vrede) 2 out of 10
Setsoto Local Municipality (Senekal) 1½ out of 10
Kopanong Local Municipality (Trompsburg) 2 out of 10
Letsemeng Local Municipality (Petrusburg) 1½ out of 10
Mohokare Local Municipality (Zastron) 2 out of 10
Naledi Local Municipality (Wepener) 3½ out of 10

According to Brink, the purpose of the monitor is to measure the liveability of the province at municipal level. Liveability is analysed by means of a set of key indicators and sub-indicators. The monitor is part of Solidarity’s commitment to provide taxpayers with the necessary information on how their tax money is being utilised. Especially through research, the union acts as watchdog to monitor the spending of workers’ tax money.

Click here to view the full report.

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