The quest for service delivery: The case of a rural district municipality in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title The quest for service delivery: The case of a rural district municipality in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa
Creator Zerihun, Mulatu F. Mashingo, Mariann P.
Subject — municipality; rural district; service delivery; Mpumalanga province; South Africa
Description Background: In South Africa, poor service delivery has been a major problem in many municipalities, partly because of corruption, political patronage and skills deficits at local administrative levels.Aim: This study aimed to critically assess the extent of service delivery deficit and find ways to improve service delivery in the study area and beyond.Setting: This study is framed on the ideals of theory of social contract that states the relationship between the state and society. In this line, this study highlights Weber’s theory of bureaucracy and the new public management (NPM) that gets its theoretical foundations from public choice and principal–agent theories.Methods: The study used primary data collected from 120 respondents. A descriptive quantitative method was used using questionnaire and content analysis of official documentations.Results: The study finds that residents in the study area are not satisfied with the level of current municipal services provided. In addition, the study reveals that the municipality does not generate enough funds because of non-payment for the services rendered that will substantially reduce basic municipal services provision. Furthermore, contrary to the common belief that rural municipal residents demand free services, this study finds that residents are willing to pay modest fees for the quality services rendered.Conclusion: The residents in the Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality (DR JSMLM) value essential services such as water and electricity more than other services. The status of service delivery in the municipality is rated poor. However, the residents still believe that there are possibilities for the improvements in the service delivery if the municipality adheres to its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the years ahead.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-02-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v10i1.512
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 10, No 1 (2022); 9 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2019 —
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Mulatu. F. Zerihun, Mariann P. Mashigo