MetroMonitor August 2023: Accountability drops as parties flout the law

Governance and transparency has been on a steady decline since November 2021 but parties and coalitions have become even more brazen by flouting the law, missing deadlines, and treating accountability mechanisms with disdain.

The effects of a 1% party vote threshold: a Flourish visualisation

Instability in local government coalitions has led to new draft legislation that would exclude parties winning less than 1% of the vote. What are the likely outcomes in the metros?

MetroMonitor July 2023: Annual budgets disappoint, service delivery buckles

July was the start of the new financial year for local government, and the metros began the 2023/24 year in probably their weakest financial position since the modern municipal system began. Steep increases in electricity tariffs, largely a result of Eskom’s 18.5% increase, were bitterly opposed.

Updated Political Risk Barometer: 20 months of politics

Unstable coalitions, violence and corruption have pushed political risk to dangerously high levels. The Barometer summarsies 20 months of political risk.

MetroMonitor June 2023: Bleak budget outlooks and worsening service delivery

While some metros struggled to pass their 2023/24 budgets on time, service delivery and governance continued to deterioriate

MetroMonitor Report 5 (Feb – May 2023): As political cracks widen, metros collapse

Political risk increased while parties blamed each other for council collapses

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