Bulk of Jhb budget goes to JMPD

2011-06-29 14:57

The biggest chunk of the City of Johannesburg’s 2011/2012 medium-term budget is going to the Metro Police Department.

R1.5 billion of the R33 billion spending plan has been allocated to the city’s metro police department’s “various projects and initiatives – the focus of which will be on improved law enforcement and crime prevention”, mayor Parks Tau said.

In an effort to reduce the traffic congestion problem, he added, the money would also go to repairing broken traffic lights together with deploying more metro cops on busy roads during peak hours.

The operating budget stands at R29.4 billion and the capital budget at R3.7 billion.

As residents continue to feel the winter chill – and power outages – an average increase of 27.7% is expected for electricity services, ranging from 5% for prepaid customers to 31% and 28% for business and industrial customers respectively.

“This is also to support the move towards becoming a prepaid city,” Tau said.

Another major cause for the increase is cable theft and illegal connections.

In total, City Power has been allocated R843.9 million “which will be spent towards refurbishing new network service connections, the installation of smart metres, public lighting and infrastructure”.

A smart metre is an electrical metre that records the user’s consumption of energy for monitoring and billing purposes.

Other tariff increases include 6.7% for all categories of properties, 14% for water and sanitation services and 6.7% for refuse collection.

This is due to Eskom (26.7%) and Rand Water (12.1%) increases, current national electricity constraints, projected shortage of water resources, change in consumption levels and the impact of inflation and cost of providing services.

The highlights of the city’s capital budget include:
» Infrastructure and housing developments, such as the Alexandra hostel, Baragwanath central precinct, Selby Village and phase two of the Stretford station precinct;
» The extension of the BRT infrastructure and starting phase two of sewer and water infrastructure;
» The rehabilitation of Burma Lake;
» The upgrade of roads; and
» The development of new parks and the upgrading of existing ones.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.