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South Africa Seeks Measures to Fast-Track Spending by Towns

  • Towns may be allowed to front-load infrastructure spending
  • Measures aimed at speeding up delivery of basic services

South Africa is weighing measures to accelerate spending by its towns and cities that are struggling to provide basic services such as water and electricity.

The government may allow municipalities to front-load expenditure on infrastructure so they can use all the funding allocated for a three-year period in the first 12 months, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said in an online address Thursday.