The ability of local government and municipalities to successfully maintain financial sustainability has become paramount in South Africa and across the continent.
Even though there is increased pressure from regulators, rate-payers and governments to maximise revenue management to ensure service delivery, many municipalities face severe financial burdens stemming from their reduced capacity for collection of revenue for services – impacting their ability to expand and sustain service delivery.
Syntell Sustainability Forum 2014 built on the success of SSF 2013 and was an interactive forum designed for metropolitan, district and local municipalities; water and electricity utility companies; road traffic authorities; local and provincial government, councils and cities from across the continent.
The Forum showcased the latest technologies and best practices for effective revenue management (including revenue collection, procurement and accountability) in order to improve service delivery. With the ultimate goal of ensuring that municipalities from Africa share best practices and so that pockets of excellence can be replicated.
Syntell Sustainability Forum 2014 demonstrated that a 'one-size fits all' approach will not work and explored the need to identify different policy responses for overall accountability in building robust and financially sustainable cities and municipalities.