The imminent local government elections have seen a quick rise in community engagements, street-side  consultations and parking lot canvassing. An election date announcement is expected soon. Banter and rhetoric between political glitterati will increase while, on the ground, potholes continue to spread at virus pace, power cuts from ailing infrastructure defeat  business owners and ratepayers throw up their arms in disbelief that another five-year term of decay has passed. The 2018-19 Auditor-General’s report on municipalities showed R32 billion of irregular expenditure, of which more than R11 billion was payment for goods and services not received. Citizens have, in many instances,…

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