eThekwini maintains top position

2010-07-24 00:00

IT was thumbs-up for eThekwini Mayor Obed Mlaba, municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe and their team for maintaining Durban’s position as one of the best-performing municipalities in the country.

Dr Makhozi Khoza, chairperson of the KZN standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), praised the municipality after it presented a municipal overview at the KZN Legislature yesterday.

Highlights in the report:

• eThekwini has links with more cities in Africa than any other city in the country;

• It is the only major municipality that has spent its capital budget on time and within budget;

• The city won the provincial best IDP ward;

• It has one of the highest debt collection rates, currently sitting at 96% for rates and water and 90% for other municipal debts;

• It is the only big city involved in replacing all the old water mains and the work involves going right down to the reticulation system;

•eThekwini has built over 300 km of walkways to encourage people to walk on pavements and cut down on the number of accidents involving pedestrians.

The overview was presented at the start of hearings on municipalities held jointly by provincial portfolio committees on finance, co-operative governance and public accounts.

 

The Witness yesterday incorrectly listed Ulundi as one of the worst performing municipalities that will be appearing before the joint committee. This should have read Edumbe Municipality. Ulundi was one of four municipalities in the province that received an unqualified audit report from the Auditor-General.

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