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2014/15 State of City Finances: Citizens’ Guide


The aim of the Citizens’ Guide to the State of City Finances is to inform a wide audience about key messages emerging from the State of City Finances series of reports, published by the South African Cities Network since 2006.

The citizens’ guide is not a summary of the main reports but a translation of the data into meaningful messages. Diagrams were created to visually explain how municipalities go about generating income, revenue collection and budgeting.

Data sourced from local government and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) were analysed and info graphics developed to explain the state of finances in SA cities. The individual city profiles enabled the reader to easily compare the standard city finance indicators across the nine SA cities showcased.

We look forward to continuing to work with South African Cities Network to document the unfolding story of South African cities transformation and development.

Click on the images in the gallery below in order to view the page layouts more clearly.

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