Metros and the major local municipalities generate a substantial amount of ICT spend. There are currently 8 metros, 19 secondary cities and 186 local municipalities. This study provides an overview of this landscape and both qualitative and quantitative insights into the major ICT projects.

Research methodology

This report is based on secondary research and further analysis by BMIT analysts

See sources below, as well as notes and definitions:

Sources Notes and Definitions
StatsSA, Demographics Population, employment per local municipality
National Treasury and metro websites. 2019 Metro IDPs, Budget documents and speeches, BEPPs and APPs, webpages, SDBIPs ICT strategies, objectives and projects
National Treasury. 2019 metropolitan and municipal budgets data, published and unpublished schedules Operating and capital expenditure and budgeted expenditure per metro and local municipality


Auditor-General MFMA, 2016-2017, published June 2019


ICT health of municipalities and metros; information technology weaknesses


Table of Content


  • Methodology and sources
  • Explanation of the scope of this report
  • Overview of the scope of the report
  • IT category segmentation
  • Telecoms category segmentation
  • Acronyms and abbreviations

Overview of Local Government ICT Spend, Trends and Challenges

Summary of Metro Data and ICT Spend

Individual Metro ICT Spend, Projects and Plans


Cape Town



City of Tshwane

Nelson Mandela Bay

Buffalo City


Major Secondary Cities and Local Municipalities


Research team

The team for this research includes Penny Smith (senior BMI-TechKnowledge researcher) and Brian Neilson (Research Director). This team has extensive sector experience in this field, having conducted these studies annually for the past 9 years.

Deliverables and format

PowerPoint document including approximately 50 tables and charts.  Supporting Excel document containing tabulated data, plus one-hour workshop/presentation with the author and analyst of the report in the Gauteng region.

Related research

SA ICT spend in National and Provincial Government 2020

Further information

For further information and details on how to subscribe to this research contact Anita Mathews 011 540 8000 | 082 466 2317 |