Autonomy and Financial Viability of Local Authorities in the Limpopo Province Republic of South Africa

Keywords: Autonomy, financial viability, tax base, local authorities, semi-urban, rural


Premised on the state’s capacity to govern ultimately derives from capacity to manage the budgetary process, this study relates to the autonomy and viability of municipalities in Limpopo Province. The autonomy and financial viability of the Limpopo Province local authorities poses a challenge to the provincial as well as national government. The purpose of the research was to examine whether local authorities in this Limpopo province are autonomous. In addition to determine if they are financially viable. A descriptive research was used to for this research. Based on the outcome of the study, the researched local authorities are not financial viable and autonomous as they depend on grants from national government.


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