An assessment of municipalities in the Eastern Cape Province to determine the capacity they have to implement the Municipal Finance Management Act No. 56 of 2003.
The research is on the assessment of municipalities within the Eastern Cape Province to determine the capacity they have towards implementing the Municipal Finance Management Act No 56 of 2003 (MFMA). The research targeted Municipal Managers and Chief Financial Officers as these are the people charged by the Act with the responsibility of ensuring proper implementation and compliance by the Municipalities with the Act. The project was conducted at the level of the district municipality. This level of municipalities was considered sufficient as it would ensure a broad and in depth coverage of the assessment throughout the Province. This project aims to uncover strengths and weaknesses of municipalities. Municipalities with strong features are appraised of their strengths and recommendations are given towards the end of the dissertation to change the negatives into positives. The prime source used in developing the questionnaire is the MFMA. The questionnaire looks at various aspects of the Act and assesses capacity in terms of fourteen specific areas.