Pretoria - Government has admitted something is fundamentally wrong with the way in which municipalities operate - a worry it says could threaten the success and development achieved in South Africa thus far.
Policy, legislation, weaknesses in the accountability system, capacity and skills constraints and weak intergovernmental support and oversight are some of the factors that have lead to a break down in service delivery at local government level.
But there is a ray of hope in the form of the Local Government Turnaround Strategy, which Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Sicelo Shiceka, is adamant will turn the tide of service delivery in South Africa.
The ambitious Local Government Turnaround Strategy, approved by Cabinet last year, aims to turn municipalities into responsive, efficient, effective and accountable structures. It further addresses management challenges faced by municipalities and finds ways to help them achieve clean audits by 2014.
Shiceka believes these targets set to turn things around will be met.