Ciaran Ryan
3 minute read
3 Oct 2020
4:38 am

Two councils: success vs failure

Ciaran Ryan

Over the fence in Emfuleni, infrastructure is crumbling and delivery lacking.

The Emfuleni Local Municipality building. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Emfuleni includes the towns of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, while Midvaal extends from Alberton in the south of Johannesburg to the Vaal Dam and includes the town of Meyerton. Emfuleni recently entered the legal record books after being slapped with a R492 million default judgment for breaches of contract for installation of smart meters. This is par for the course for this municipality, where residents say sewage sloshes through potholed streets and rubbish is uncollected for months. Contrast this with neighbouring Midvaal, a smaller and more prosperous municipality and one of the best run in the country, according to Ratings Afrika’s...