The Green Paper on Local Government is short on substance and lacks the kind of technical depth expected at a stage of policy process. In a response to the Green Paper on Local Government, CDE highlights three themes that collectively represent its fundamental areas of concern.
Firstly, the Green Paper fails to show that cities are the new arenas for economic activity and competition.
Secondly, the paper is unsuccessful in making the point that local government finance should centre on sustainability and economic viability.
Thirdly, uniformity is not what is required for South Africa’s largest cities. A better route to follow is flexibility and pragmatism within the context of agreed-upon goals.
It is only if we get the growth component right that we will have the resources to deliver and sustain the infrastructure needs of cities and citizens.