From 1 July municipalities will be allowed to spend a maximum of R700,000 on any car meant for the use of its political office-bearers – or less for mayors that do not earn at least R1 million per year.

Such a car will have to do at least 120,000 kilometres before being replaced, unless it suffers “a serious mechanical problem” and is in poor condition, and then only with a report saying so from the dealer.

But municipalities may not simply spend that maximum amount. Unless they can get a car cheaper, they must buy one via a national government deal for cars, and then only after making sure it wouldn’t be cheaper to rent a car – and only after the council has been informed of the extent of service-delivery backlogs.

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