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Mayor Kaunda proud of leading financially stable City
​Delivering the final Council report for his term of office ahead of the local government elections, eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda applauded the inroads made and the positive strides achieved over the past five years in the City.

Mayor Kaunda unpacked the contributions made towards ensuring service delivery is accelerated to improve eThekwini residents lives during a virtual Council meeting on 30 September. Among the successes is the assessment conducted by National Treasury through its Financial Management Capability and Maturity Model for 2021/22. The results confirmed that the City has improved in maintaining and implementing sound and effective financial management practices for the long-term sustainability and improvement of service delivery. 

Over the past five years, the Municipality has constantly received an unqualified audit opinion and managed to significantly reduce irregular expenditure by 54 percent. This reflects that eThekwini Municipality is counted among the best metros in the country when it comes to governance and financial management. This has been affirmed by rating agencies who have commended the City for its ability to collect revenue and servicing of its debts.

The current leadership stabilised the City politically and administratively, including ensuring all vacancies at top management level have been filled as required by legislation. Mayor Kaunda also dealt decisively with corruption and maladministration reducing the backlog of disciplinary cases from 333 to 84. This resulted in some employees being suspended and others resigning even before the conclusion of their cases.

One of the notable achievements during Mayor Kaunda’s leadership, as per a report by the Municipality’s Public Accounts Committee that was also tabled during the meeting, was the strengthening of consequence management within the Municipality. The service delivery record, as per the report, highlighted that since 2016, of the 1 159 272 households in eThekwini, 960 504 have clean drinking water, 853 239 residents have access to sanitation services and the City continues to provide 585 191 indigent households with free water services. The City has also provided over 21 000 housing opportunities in the past five years to residents with about 1 237km of access roads being rehabilitated since 2016 and 94km of access roads in rural and township areas being upgraded from gravel to surface road.

In the past five years, the City was able to attract R14 billion in investment through catalytic projects. In the same period, large scale private sector investment to the value of R217 billion, which will create 200 000 jobs in the next five years, was unlocked. Mayor Kaunda concluded his report by calling on eThekwini residents to continue to work with the City. “We commit to do even better in the next administration by putting people first,” he said.
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