Mayor outlines budgets

2015-05-01 06:00
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Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe speaks at Hopewell Community Hall.

PHOTO: ntuntu dweba Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe speaks at Hopewell Community Hall.

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THE Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality and the Harry Gwala District Municipality partnered for the 2015/2016 IDP budget meeting for Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality.

Ubuhlebezwe mayor, Zamo­ Nxumalo said they made an agreement with Harry Gwala for leadership of the district municipality to be present at their IDP budget meetings in order for them to answer community questions about water and sanitation.

The meeting, at a community hall in Hopewell village, Ixopo on Thursday, was attended by mayors of Ubuhlebezwe and Harry Gwala Municipality, Zamo Nxumalo and Mluleki Ndobe respectively, deputy mayors, councillors and traditional leaders.

Nxumalo said Ubuhlebezwe has an R81,4 million budget for the 2015/2016 financial year. He outlined the amounts allocated for various projects and programmes.

Some of the money was allocated as: R760 000 for ward committees, R500 000 for bursaries, R250 000 for moral regeneration programmes, R200 000 for youth development programmes and R1,5 million for community and local economic development programmes.

Nxumalo urged communities to work with the municipality to fast-track service delivery.

“We need to work together with our people to ensure that service delivery is not delayed. For instance, in areas where there is no electricity, like here in Hopewell, we will be installing solar panels temporarily so people will have light and will be able to charge cellphones. This is only until we are able to provide electricity,” he said.

He said the municipality wants to eradicate every shack in Fairview.

“Before any houses can be built for the people of Fairview, bulk services need to be provided, so once there is water, sanitation and electricity, houses can then be built.”

Ndobe said the R588 million that Harry Gwala District Municipality has for the 2015/2016 financial year is not much if you look at the backlog in infrastructure in the district.

“R270 million of our budget will go to service delivery. It is divided between five local municipalities within the district. Their share is however, not equal because populations are not equal.”

Among the projects that will get a portion of the budget are the Chibini Water Scheme in Ubuhlebezwe which will get R9 million and R4 million will go towards the Hopewell Water Scheme.

He also condemned the xenophobic attacks in some part of the country.

“We cannot condone the barbaric killing of people. We are a sphere of government and can’t promote criminality in our country. We condemn these xenophobic attacks in the strongest terms.”

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