South Africa: Municipal Management Mindlessness - the New Big Crisis

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How is it possible in today's world, where businesses and household incomes are under massive pressure from the pandemic induced lockdown, that virtually all our municipality and metro councils are planning to receive salary increases and with that, property tariffs are being budgeted for a rise in the coming year?

Let that sink in a little. With millions of citizens either having lost their jobs or had their salaries reduced, and hundreds of thousands of businesses either closed or on the brink of collapse, the people who manage your towns and cities cannot fathom the reality of the economic chaos around them. It's as if the pressures on doing business in a depressed economy only applies to the world outside their gates and municipal corridors of uninspired power.

There's nothing like an insensitive attitude by municipal authorities to spark a greater pushback by residential communities. When it comes down to choosing between paying higher property tariffs or putting food on the table, the decision has now been made a lot easier. Our municipal authorities just don't get it.

Just ask council members of most municipalities and metros around the country, if they are expecting (let alone deserving of) a salary...

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