The best and worst municipalities in South Africa in 2016

Ahead of the 2016 municipal elections, a new index compiled by Good Governance Africa (GGA) reveals which are the best – and worst – run municipalities in the country.

The index was compiled based on various data sources, including the 2011 census, National Treasury’s Local Government Yearbook, as well as various releases from Stats SA.

GGA looked at 234 local metropolitan universities and assessed them across 15 different criteria split into three main groups, namely administration, economic development and service delivery.

Nine of the top ten municipalities are run by the Democratic Alliance, according to the report, with all 17 of the party’s municipalities appearing in the top 40.

The bottom 10 municipalities are all ANC-run, with a showing from one IFP and one NFP-run municipality.

Dr Alain Tschudin, executive director of the GGA, said that DA municipalities generally performed well across all three performance clusters.

“With regard to service delivery, the DA’s highlights include refuse removal, water, sanitation and provision of electricity. In administration, its highlights are municipal capacity and financial soundness…In economic development, the DA did well in terms of the poverty and unemployment indicators,” he said.

The findings will bolster the DA’s efforts in the upcoming municipal elections – particularly in hotly-contested districts such as Nelson Mandela Bay, the City of Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg.

15 of the top 20 municipalities are in the Western Cape, while half of the 20 worst-run municipalities are in the Eastern Cape (followed by seven in KwaZulu Natal, two in Limpopo and one in North West Province).

20 best municipalities in South Africa

# Municipality Province Controlling party (C = coalition)
1 Swellendam WC DA (C) ACDP
2 Hessequa WC DA
3 Bergrivier WC DA
4 Swartland WC DA
5 Mossel Bay WC DA
6 Langeberg WC DA
7 Overstrand WC DA
8 Saldanha WC DA
9 Emthanjeni NC ANC
10 Witzenberg WC DA (C) Cope, DCP, IND
11 Cape Agulhas WC ANC
12 Beaufort West WC ANC
13 Prince Albert WC ANC
14 Hantam NC DA (C) Cope
15 Matzikama WC ANC
16 Drakenstein WC DA
17 Richtersveld NC ANC
18 George WC DA
19 Metsimaholo FS ANC
20 Dihlabeng FS ANC

20 worst municipalities in South Africa

# Municipality Province Controlling party (C = coalition)
232 Ntambanana KZN ANC
231 Ingquza Hill EC ANC
230 Vulamehlo KZN ANC
229 Greater Tubaste LP ANC
228 Mbhashe EC ANC
227 Maphumulo KZN ANC
226 Engcobo EC ANC
225 Mhlontlo EC ANC
224 Intsika Yethu EC ANC
223 Port St Johns EC ANC
222 Ndwedwe KZN ANC
221 Nyandeni EC ANC
220 uMhlabuyalingana KZN ANC
219 Umzumbe KZN ANC
218 Mnquma EC ANC
217 Umzimvubu EC ANC
216 Greater Taung NW ANC
215 King Sabata Dalindyebo EC ANC
214 Msinga KZN IFP
213 Mahuduthamaga LP ANC

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