KZN needs billions to provide basic services

2014-09-10 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL will need R39 billion to wipe out backlogs in providing basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.

But the provincial government is facing an uphill battle, as it will take at least 10 years to address the infrastructure backlogs — and they have been allocated just R3 billion over three years.

This was revealed by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) at a meeting with a delegation from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Durban yesterday.

The delegation is in eThekwini to monitor the progress made in addressing challenges experienced in the delivery of services and hotspots of service delivery protests.

Cogta general manager for municipal finance Joey Krishnan said the estimated amount required excluded the escalation of costs.

Louis Nzimande, leader of NCOP delegation, said their week-long visit would ensure interaction between the three spheres of government in order to take into account interest of the provinces.

Nzimande said they would visit human settlements, a water treatment plant near Umhlanga that recently experienced a sewerage spill, the Phoenix police station and local economic development projects.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the provincial government understood the failure to account to the people would result in service delivery protests.

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