MEDIA RELEASE 30 March 2017
Quarterly Financial Statistics of Municipalities December 2016
According to the latest Quarterly financial statistics of municipalities released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today, purchases of water by South African municipalities decreased by 1,8% between the quarters ended September 2016 and December 2016. Electricity purchases by municipalities over the same period decreased by 21,7%. Sales of water and electricity by municipalities decreased by 0,3% and 19,3%, respectively, over the same period.
Employee-costs, including items such as salaries and benefits, increased by 9,2% between the quarters ended September 2016 and December 2016.
For the quarter ended December 2016, the largest contributor to municipal total revenue was grants and subsidies received (30,8%), followed by sales of electricity (27,7%), property rates collected (15,6%), other income ((10,1%), which includes fines, licenses and permits, public contributions and donations etc.), sales of water (9,5%), refuse removal (2,9%) and sewerage and sanitation (3,5%).
For the quarter ended December 2016, the largest contributor to municipal total operating expenditure was employee related costs (28,4%), followed by purchases of electricity (20,6%), other expenditure (18,1%) which consists of amongst others, collection costs, loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment etc., general expenses (8,4%), purchases of water (5,3%), depreciation and amortisation (5,6%) ,contracted services (5,3%), bad debts(4,3%) and repairs and maintenance ( 3,9%).
Seasonally adjusted estimates for sales and purchases of water and electricity
This publication introduces seasonally adjusted estimates for municipalities’ sales and purchases of water and electricity (for each quarter from September 2007). The quarterly growth rates in the purchases and sales of water and electricity, seasonally adjusted, shows that from the September quarter of 2016 to the December quarter of 2016, purchases of water decreased by 5,8% and sales of water decreased by 4,6%, while purchases of electricity increased by 2,0% and sales of electricity decreased by 1,6%
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