Local governments must table their budgets for the 2021/2022 financial year by 1 April 2021. They have played a central role in government’s COVID-19 response in informal settlements, with additional resources being found for water tanks, chemical toilets and refuse removal. As budgets have become tighter, municipalities have, however, rolled back many of these gains and informal settlement residents are left in a vulnerable position during the second and upcoming third wave of the pandemic.
To help prepare for the tabling of 2021/22 local government budgets, Planact’s partner, International Budget Partnership conducted analyses of the 2020/21 budgets of the Cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and eThekwini Metro Municipality.
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