In a shock report issued by Ratings Africa, Kouga Municipality only scored 21 out of a possible 100 index points, and in the process was rated as the worst performing municipality in the entire Eastern Cape.
The index ranks municipalities on operational and financial factors, awarding an index value to the financial sustainability of each municipality.
Western Cape municipalities scored an average of 59 index points, making its municipalities the best run and most financially sustainable in South Africa.
The lack of top level leadership is one of the reasons why Kouga scored so poorly and why it is a dire financial situation at present.
Elza Van Lingen, the leader of the DA in the Kouga said that the writing has been on the wall for quite some time and that is why the DA requested in 2011 that the Municipality be put under administration.
Speaking at the Jeffreys Bay Residents Association AGM last night, Van Lingen said that the rot had set in very deeply in Kouga and that administration was the only way forward.
“I have raised the issue at provincial and on national level and have informed them about the sad state of affairs in the Kouga”, said Van Lingen.
“No more RDP houses will be built in the area until the infrastructure problems have been resolved. The only way forward for the Kouga is that it once again becomes a DA led municipality”.
The Ratings Afrika Municipal Financial Sustainability Index indicated that Kouga spends 67.4% of its budget on staff costs, and only 6% on maintenance.
It is clear that our potholes will not be fixed, nor will the sewage spills be sorted out while this situation continues.