George Municipality has been officially ranked third in the list of most financially healthy cities in South Africa and ranked second in the Western Cape. South Africa’s 27 municipalities with the largest budgets include the country’s eight metros and 19 secondary cities. Drakenstein Municipality is first, with Steve Tshwete Municipality (Mpumalanga) in second place, and George Municipality (Western Cape) and Emalahleni Municipality (Mpumalanga) jointly in third place overall.

In the Western Cape – the top-performing province – Drakenstein Municipality achieved first place while George Municipality claimed the second place, with the City of Cape Town and Stellenbosch Municipality sharing  third place.

This is according to The State of Local Government Finances and Financial Management as at 30 June 2018 report, just released by Treasury. This report evaluates the state of municipal finances in South Africa, using eight key measures:

1. Cash as a percentage of operating expenditure;
2. Persistence of negative cash balances;
3. Overspending of original operating budgets;
4. Underspending of original capital budgets;
5. Debtors as a percentage of own revenue;
6. Year-on-year growth in debtors;
7. Creditors as a percentage of cash and investments; and
8. Reliance on national and provincial government transfers.

Treasury has rated South Africa’s metros and secondary cities, as well as 186 local municipalities and 44 district municipalities – in total 257 municipalities – on the eight abovementioned indicators.

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21 years ago Herman and his wife Carina, with their 2 daughters moved to George in the beautiful Garden Route region of South Africa. He has a passion for the people of the region and is involved in many humanitarian projects. He is co-owner of the popular Facebook group called Georgiete Staan Saam with a membership of 77 500. He is a connector and an activist for unity and works tirelessly to help all communities in George and the Garden Route to realise that the answer for the political, business and socio-economical problems of the area is to stand together, plan together and working together at a common sustainable goal of alleviating poverty. Herman is the CEO of the Love Garden Route NPC and is one of the founders of the Love George movement. He is the owner and founder of the LoveGeorge News platform and the online radio stations RadioCSA. For 30 years Herman specializes in web development and web design and through his business also offer web-hosting, email-hosting and domain-hosting. As a Pastor he has presented over 40 men's and women's camps where the main focus is to assist and guide Christians in discovering who and whose they are, discovering their true calling and then activate them into their true Prophetic and Apostolic calling.