Municipal Report Card: Municipal IQ

There are many complaints about local government and how badly it is performing in carrying out basic service delivery. But how do you measure performance in municipalities and to do so successfully, what exactly should you measure?

Municipal IQ has been measuring performance in South Africa's 257 municipalities across a range of issues for almost fifteen years and currently runs thirty different quantitative indices and monitors, each measuring a different aspect of municipal performance.

As we head towards local elections later this year, and as a public service, Municipal IQ has put together a simple Municipal Report Card for each municipality in the country. This Municipal Report Card is like a school report and grades a municipality on six key basic performance criteria: expenditure, capital expenditure, dodgy expenditure, AG's opinion, successful grant spending, and vacancy rates.

A weighted score reflecting the relative importance of each of the criteria is then calculated for every municipality, except those where there is inadequate data. The overall score for a municipality is reflected in a conventional grading system as follows: A = 80-100%; B = 70-79%; C = 60-69%; D = 50-59%; E = 40-49%; F = 30-39%; FF = 20-29%; and FFF = 0-20%.

You may only download up to five Municipal Report Cards for different municipalities in your area. You must acknowledge Municipal IQ as the owner of the Municipal Report Card in any usage of the Municipal Report Card. Municipal IQ recognises that opinions on municipalities in South Africa may differ depending on data used, variables being assessed, and calculations used to perform such assessments, as well as the weighting of variables. The Municipal Report Card does not constitute legal or financial advice on any municipality by Municipal IQ.

6 July 2021; The Municipal IQ Municipal Report Card is currently undergoing system maintenance, please check back later.