Check Out 2016 Best And Worst Municipalities In South Africa


Research and advocacy group – Good Governance Africa (GGA), has released the latest Government Performance index revealing the best and worst performing municipalities in South Africa.

GGA came up with the index after it studied various data like the  census report, National Treasury’s Local Government Yearbook and many other data released by Stats SA.

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With that, they observed the 234 local metros, assessed their well-being across 15 different criteria which was categorized under three main group that includes administration, economic development and service delivery.

The index showed that 12 out of the 20 best municipalities in the country are governed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). While Nine of them are in the top ten, 19 of the worst 20 performing municipalities are all governed by the ANC.

Below are the top 20 best municipalities as obtained from the Government Performance index.

Municipality Province Political Party
1 Swellendam WC DA/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/Cope/DCP/IND
11 Cape Agulhas WC ANC
12 Beaufort West WC ANC
13 Prince Albert WC ANC
14 Hantam NC DA/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

Commenting, the DA stated that the above, “demonstrates that DA’s continued dedication and commitment to the poor is improving the quality of life for all citizens where (they) govern by providing access to piped water, reliable electricity supply, refuse removal and proper sanitation.”

Also, Dr Alain Tschudin, executive director of the GGA, related 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”.

Now lets take a look at the worst performing municipalities.

Municipality Province Political Party
1 Ntambanana KNZ ANC
2 Ingquza Hill EC ANC
3 Vulamehlo KNZ ANC
4 Greater Tubaste LP ANC
5 Mbhashe EC ANC
6 Maphumulo KNZ ANC
7 Engcobo EC ANC
8 Mhlontlo EC ANC
9 Intsika Yethu EC ANC
10 Port St Johns EC ANC
11 Ndwedwe KNZ ANC
12 Nyandeni EC ANC
13 uMhlabuyalingana KNZ ANC
14 Umzumbe KNZ ANC
15 Mnquma EC ANC
16 Umzimvubu EC ANC
17 Greater Taung NW ANC
18 King Sabata Dalindyebo EC ANC
19 Msinga KNZ IFP
20 Mahuduthamaga LP ANC

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