CORPORATE MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE FOR EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN SOUTH AFRICADownload This Article
This research acknowledges the current service delivery chaos manifested through numerous protests justifying the weakness of the “Batho Pele” good governance principles to facilitate, improve and sustain service delivery by local governments. The success of corporate governance in corporate companies and state owned enterprises is recognised prompting suggestions that local governments should too adopt corporate governance principles or King III to be effective. The research reviews the King III and literature to ascertain the lack of research on corporate governance in local governments in South Africa. Considering the particular set-up of local governments, the research doubts the successful application of King III in local governments. Through critical research theory, the current service delivery crisis in local governments in South Africa is described. The success of corporate governance systems in the United Kingdom and Australian local governments justify the need for a separate corporate municipal governance system as a solution to the crisis. A specific change of legislation and corporate governance guidelines is necessary to address the uniqueness of local governments. Hence, corporate municipal governance should be compulsory and based on ten standardised good governance principles via a code of corporate governance and a corporate governance framework responding to specific prerequisites for success.
Keywords: Corporate Governance, Service Delivery, Local Government, Good Governance, King III
How to cite this paper: Mbecke, P. (2014). Corporate municipal governance for effective and efficient public service delivery in South Africa. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 3(4-1), 98-106. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v3_i4_c1_p2