|dc.description||DBA, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||The study has identified the adverse impact of under-expenditure of Municipal Infrastructure
Grant (MIG) projects in North West Province. This study focuses on the extent to which the
application of MIG processes is affected by the enabling environment in North West Province.
The research objectives are: to determine the primary reasons for under-expenditure in MIG
projects; identify the roles of all stakeholders in MIG projects, including in the Project
Management Unit (PMU); determine the issues faced within the procurement division that
impact municipal spending; quantify the extent to which under-expenditure directly contributes
to inefficient service delivery; consolidate the findings of under-spending of MIG funds; and
apply research findings to determine the new framework for spending.
Questionnaires were used to collect quantitative data from different local municipalities within
North West Province. Secondary data was sourced from the Department of Human Settlement
and Traditions (DHST) and annual reports and audited annual reports from the Provincial
A framework was developed using different statistical analysis and findings from other research
approaches. It was refined through focus group inputs. Qualitative content analysis was used to
develop the final framework.
The focus group interviews revealed that MIG underspending was due to the following : (i) lack
of independence by PMUs; (ii) the need to meet strict time frames; (iii) poorly functioning
intergovernmental relations (IGR); (iv) procurement plans not being adhered to; (v) competent
service providers not always being appointed; (vi) lack of involvement of communities through
the project life cycle; (vii) lack of clear-cut policies regarding MIGs; and (viii) limitations on
change management, requiring reduction in high staff turnover and the appointment of PMUs on
a permanent basis. A refined framework resulted from the interview. Recommendations are
made based on this refined framework.
In conclusion, it was found that total spending of MIG funds does not necessarily mean the
backlog has been eradicated. The implementation of a proper framework will assist in proper
expenditure of MIG funds. Secondly, it will eradicate service backlogs and minimise service
delivery protests. It will result in provision of essential services to the communities that so direly
need these. Finally, minimal amounts will be returned unspent to the National Treasury.||en_US
|dc.publisher||North-West University (South Africa)||en_US
|dc.title||An operational framework to improve municipal infrastructure grant spending in North-West Province, South Africa||en_US
|dc.contributor.researchID||22543635 - Lubbe, Samuel Izak (Supervisor)||