The National Treasury has gazetted cost-containment measures for municipalities.
The containment will include, preventing the use of municipal resources for election campaigns, forcing mayors to limit their spending on cars to increase their use of public transport.
It will also include limiting the use of consultants and the use of business class air travel by municipalities, however, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has objected the implementation of the new regulations and asked for a postponement.
To discuss these cost-containment measures, Bongani Bingwa chats to Salga president and Polokwane mayor Thembi Nkadimeng.
Nkadimeng says it is opposed to this cost-containment because grading systems across municipalities vary.
The fruitless expenditure is about the implementation of projects. The is a grading system in municipalities don't assist the retainment of staff, municipalities are graded differently and paid differently.— Thembi Nkadimeng, President - Salga
She says an engineer in Johannesburg gets paid more than an engineer in Makanda. Thus these cost-containment measures cannot be the same for all municipalities as they are graded differently.
Money doesn't get wasted by the mayor eating KFC, it is wasted by projects that aren't completed, that is where fruitless expenditure comes from. Makanda is graded lower than the City of Johannesburg.— Thembi Nkadimeng, President - Salga
Listen below to the full interview: