The 70:30 council budget rule dictating service delivery should claim the greater chunk of municipal budgets has been difficult to adhere to.

crying foul over resources particularly after a debt write off that gobbled nearly half a billion dollars, government said it is ready to step in and assist those who have shown sound financial management.

Many local authorities are saddled by heavy financial obligations with claims that residents are no longer paying for services rendered.

The poor levels of service delivery have also not done any favours for local authorities.