Have you seen the City of Joburg municipality's Service Delivery Agreements (SDAs) and Municipal Services Partnership Agreements (MSPAs) with businesses it contracts? No idea what that is? Well it often feels like that’s the way many councillors want it to stay. You see the Municipal Systems Act states SDAs and MSPAs must be made public , so that people like you and I can see and keep track of who, what, when and how much companies contracted to deliver services are paid.
But municipalities across Mzansi don’t follow the act, and don’t make SDAs and MSPAs public, or accessible to all. This allows corruption to thrive.
Take the recent Rand Water scandal  which is costing the water utility millions of rands, where Rand water has handed over R1.1 billion in tenders to a company that is battling to complete critical work, which has led to its paying millions more for work that is still not finished.
“Rand Water made three upfront payments to Fast Move Electrical totalling R56 million for work it had not yet completed on two separate contracts. Advance payments to companies are expressly forbidden by the Public Finance Management Act.
One of those documents is a payment certificate issued by Rand Water that confirms an upfront fee of R25 million paid for the still incomplete Vaal water pipeline.”
But we can change this. As councils have been confirmed, lets make sure that our leaders know this is a key issue, and we won't stop until we have transparency in service delivery so we can fight corruption.
When we the people of Mzansi stand together, we are a formidable force that is able to hold those we put in power to account.
Dear Mayor Herman Mashaba and the City Manager Trevor Fowler
We, the people of the City of Joburg, call on you and your office, to commit to making sure Service Delivery Agreements (SDAs) and Municipal Services Partnership Agreements (MSPAs) with all businesses contracted to carry out work in communities, public and accessible to all. This will be a great step towards strengthening accountability and ensuring transparency in our Municipalities. When there is a breakdown in communication between Municipalities and the people, protests erupt and the work done in communities by the government may be overshadowed by this. It is imperative therefore to work with communities and deliberately seek to involve them in the running of municipalities. Public participation in matters of the Municipality is critical.