Media Statements

Minister van Rooyen Notes the Improvement in the Provision of Basic Services

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen welcomes the statistical report on Non-financial census of municipalities (NFCM) for the year 2016 released by the Statistician-General on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. The NFCM measures selected aspects of service delivery, including water, electricity, solid waste management, sewerage and sanitation, amongst others.

The report has outlined the progress of development in the country as follows:

  • In terms of Municipal services, provision of water has increased by 2,3% between 2015 and 2016, for example in 2015, 12,5 million consumer units received water while in 2016, 12,8 million consumer units received water. The 12,8 million is divided as 8,8 million consumer units have access to water inside the yard, 2,7 million consumer units have water within 200m from the yard and 0,8 million consumer units have access to water more than 200m from the yard. Mpumalanga and North West provinces have shown the highest increase in the provision of water.
  • The Minister acknowledges and congratulates Madibeng Local Municipality in North West province for extending its water provision from 129 512 units to 161 655 units in Klipgat, Hebron and Kgabalatsane areas. While Mbombela Local Municipality in Mpumalanga province has increased water provision from 224 885 to 279 558 units, extending services in Nelspruit, Matsulu B, Majika, Mahushu, Mbonisweni and Phatwa. “These municipalities have delivered the most essential services despite experiencing drought during the period under review”, said the Minister.
  • The eight metropolitan municipalities have also shown major extension in their provision of water during 2015 to 2016.
  • The provision of electricity has increased by 2,4% with a recording of 10,9 million units in 2015 to 11,2 million consumer units in 2016. Of these, 2,0 million indigent households benefited from indigent support on electricity during 2015 while 2,5 million consumer units received free basic electricity in 2016. The highest provision of electricity was recorded in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
  • The Minister said: “We also extend appreciation to Municipalities such as Emfuleni, in Gauteng province who according to the Stats SA report provided electricity to low cost housing in Tshepiso X4, Sebokeng and Vanderbilpark. Bushbuckridge Municipality in Mpumalanga province also expanded electricity connections in Malubane village, Andover, Anoor, Mkhulumile and Craigieburn areas. The uMhlathuze local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal province also increased connections in Mandlanzini village, Mzingozi and Dumisani as well as Makhanye village during the period under review.
  • Four metropolitan municipalities have increased the provision of electricity – City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, City of Cape Town and Mangaung during 2015 and 2016.
  • We also acknowledge the increase of 2,9% in the provision of sewerage and sanitation, Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces recorded the highest increase. The report shows that there has been a decrease in the number of bucket toilets supplied by municipalities from 81 057 to 68 028. Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces reported zero provision of bucket toilets. Mpumalanga reported the same figure over the two-year period. The other five provinces showed a decrease in the provision of bucket toilets with the major decreases recorded in the North West (46,8%) and Eastern Cape (21,3%) and Northern Cape (12,7%).
  • We congratulate the following municipalities who replaced bucket system toilets with flush toilets: Mangaung and Nelson Mandela metropolitan municipalities; Khara Hais and Matlosana Local Municipalities.
  • The provision of solid waste management also increased by 2,4%. In 2015, 9,3 million consumer units benefitted, while in 2016, 9.6 million consumer units received solid waste management. The report shows that five metropolitan municipalities (City of Johannesburg; City of Cape Town; Nelson Mandela bay; Buffalo City and Mangaung) extended the provision of solid waste management.  Moses Kotane and Emalahleni local municipalities in the North West and Mpumalanga provinces have respectively extended the provision of solid waste management.
  • During 2016, there were 3,6 million indigent households registered with local municipalities and 1,7 million indigent households registered with metropolitan municipalities.

Based on the above statistics, it can be concluded that provision of basic services has greatly improved between 2015 and 2016.


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