Mayor outlines plan to help communities

2015-06-05 06:00
Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe delivering the annual budget speech at Umzimkhulu FET College last week.
Photo: khaya magenu

Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe delivering the annual budget speech at Umzimkhulu FET College last week. Photo: khaya magenu

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HARRY Gwala District Municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe tabled and outlined the focus areas in his 2015/2016 annual budget speech delivered at Umzimkhulu FET College Hall on Friday.

Ndobe said the total budget for the municipality is R588 million. The income is derived mainly from government grants and subsidies such as Municipal Infrastructure Grant and Equitable Share.

He added that water and sanitation tariffs are proposed to increase by 6% considering economic viability of the district municipality for the ensuing year. The 6% is slightly above the inflation rate forecast of 4.8% as provided by the National Treasury.

“The expenditure budget for the financial year ending 2015/2016 is R345million while the capital budget expenditure is R278million” said Ndobe.

The mayor outlined a number of projects that will take place in this financial year to develop the communities of all five local municipalities under Harry Gwala District Municipality especial water, sewer and sanitation projects.

“The capital budget is largely attributable to addressing the water and sanitation backlogs in the district. Other internally funded capital projects include the installation of water meters and other assets such as office equipment, server upgrade, computers and other things,” said the mayor.

The annual budget speech was also attended by local municipalities under Harry Gwala, traditional leaders and the hall was packed with communities to listen the mayor.

Ndobe said they are strengthening the relationship with communities. “As our term of office nearly come to the end, our aim is to complete the job that we started within the term of office, but there are other water regional schemes such Bulwer Dam and other regional scheme that we are not going to complete in one financial year,.”

“We are happy about the progress that we already made to develop our communities,” said mayor.

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