Councils look to PPPs as gov’t funding dries up

Major actor: Gaborone City Council, like other local authorities, is battling to balance its budget with residents’ needs PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Major actor: Gaborone City Council, like other local authorities, is battling to balance its budget with residents’ needs PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Faced with reductions in support from government amounting to hundreds of millions of pula in the next few years, local authorities increasingly see Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a viable alternative. However, the few councils who have tested this route thus far are already reporting difficulties. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

As the primary interface between government and communities, various local authorities across the country, particularly in rural areas, shoulder a huge burden of expectations.

However, as part of its belt-tightening exercise, the Finance ministry intends to cut the revenue support grant it gives to local authorities over the next few years, with the urban councils particularly affected.

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This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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