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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:53

Financially sustainable municipalities

African municipalities have proven to become more robust and financially sustainable.

Basic services such as water supply, electricity availability and road maintenance are constantly under threat in Africa’s struggling economies. Municipalities often add to the issues by employing untrained staff or inefficient revenue collection systems, which impact their ability to expand and sustain service delivery.

Shocking figures were recently released that saw the Nakuru county government in Kenya being owed more than US$24 million in unremitted land and property revenues – a figure which severely affects their ability to deliver services to the residents of that community. South Africa has also proven to be a culprit in this regard. According to the consolidated Gauteng municipal statements, all nine municipalities in the Gauteng province were owed US$3,6 billion by the end of March 2013.

The Syntell Sustainability Forum is an interactive forum designed for metropolitan, district and local municipalities and traffic authorities; local and provincial governments, councils and cities from across the continent. The forum, which will be held on 11 to 13 November 2013, aims to change the status quo of the African municipality by uniting municipalities, utilities and road traffic authorities from across the continent to confront the massive challenges they are facing with revenue collection, management and accountability. 

Martin Achar, the town clerk at Mombasa City Council in Kenya, will be joining a panel discussion of other African municipal managers, including Andile Fani from Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa and Ernest Sumani from Ndola City Council in Zambia. “I am very impressed with the quality of the organisation of Syntell Sustainability 2013 as a necessary and timely platform for the promotion of municipal financial sustainability in Africa,” says Achar.

The speakers will discuss the daily challenges and opportunities faced in their efforts to build financially sustainable and mobile cities.

Principal local government stakeholders from across Africa will attend the event in Johannesburg to promote, enhance and strengthen inter-country and regional partnerships and joint ventures within municipalities, utilities and traffic departments. The forum provides a dedicated platform for cross-border collaboration and shared learning amidst the African local government sector.

With specialised programmes designed for municipalities and utilities, and road traffic authorities, the Syntell Sustainability Forum is the only African forum that will bring together decision-makers from all aspects of local government and municipalities under one roof.



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