Privatisation of the sport and recreation function at the Klerksdorp municipality
Olivier, Frans Jacob
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Local government must always transform to meet the challenges of the future. Local government should, therefore, provide services to communities and it must structure and manage its administration in such a way that economic development is achieved. By implication, this means that local government can deliver services itself, or that it can privatise services in order for private organisations to deliver the services. Privatisation can be described as the systematic transfer of appropriate functions, service delivery activities and property, such as sport and recreation services and infrastructure from the public to the private sector. Due to rising costs and limited tax and income sources, local government such as the Klerksdorp Municipality, is forced to look at the privatisation of services suds as the sport and recreation function, in order for these services to continue. Sport and recreation is an important service that must be delivered and must not be neglected by local authorities and, therefore, the privatisation of such services should be regarded as an option. Very often, however, managers take a cost-only resolution when decisions regarding the privatisation of services are considered and disregard the social development of people. This approach may lead to the improper implementation of privatisation or, even worse, the privatisation of services that were never meant to be privatised. This seems to be the case at the Klerksdorp municipality, and the municipal council and officials appear to be uncertain as to whether the sport and recreation services should be privatised or not. It is the intention of this study to determine the possibility of privatising the sport and recreation function at the Klerksdorp municipality.