The spending of municipal infrustructure grant at Ba-Phalaborwa municipality

Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation

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Title The spending of municipal infrustructure grant at Ba-Phalaborwa municipality
Creator Rangwato, Tshepo E. Mukonza, Ricky Molepo, John
Subject Public Administration; Local Government municipal infrastructure grant; Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality; South Africa; infrastructure; development
Description Background: In the period between 2014 and 2019, several municipalities in Limpopo demonstrated an inability to expend the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funds allocated to them by the National Treasury within the provided timelines. As a result, monies were returned to the National Treasury and communities forfeited the expected infrastructure developments. The Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality was not exempt from this problem.Aim: This article investigated the factors impeding the spending of MIG funds in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality.Methods: A qualitative research approach was followed, using a literature review and interviews to collect data with a convenient sample of key informants who were also local government officials.Results: The study found that a lack of planning for the municipality’s consolidated MIG application, community unrest and inadequate monitoring mechanisms, among others, were the prime factors impeding the overall spending of MIG funds in the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality.Conclusion: The municipality needs to act proactively, especially with consolidating MIG applications, which will provide officials with sufficient time to assemble the necessary tools, charting a way forward for spending the MIG, which translates into service delivery and infrastructure development in the municipality.Contribution: This article confirmed findings that emanated from the existing literature as far as implementation of MIG was concerned in municipalities. However, lessons from Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality showed that the extent to which such problems affected municipalities could differ, depending on factors such as political management and municipal capacity. Strategies peculiar to the Ba-Phalaborwa environment are proffered, especially with respect to the enhancement of the spending of MIG funds for improved service delivery provision through infrastructure development.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Tshwane University of Technology
Date 2022-12-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jolgri.v3i0.88
Source Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation; Vol 3 (2022); 11 pages 2788-919X 2709-7412
Language eng
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