Plans to bring change

2015-06-10 06:01
ROBERT TSIKWE, mayor of the Phokwane Local Municipality, tabling his 2015-’16 budget vote.

ROBERT TSIKWE, mayor of the Phokwane Local Municipality, tabling his 2015-’16 budget vote. Photo: Supplied

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ROBERT TSIKWE, mayor of the Phokwane

Municipality, tabled his 2015-’16 budget vote amid excessive threats and challenges, after the National Treasury withheld equitable share of its municipality.

The mayor highlighted on Thursday (28/05) that the equitable share was an unconditional grant that enabled municipalities to provide basic services to poor households with limited resources.

The municipality is reportedly owed R238 million which makes it hard to perform its core duties.

“However, we have put in place measures to generate income by means of our credit control and debt-collection policy,” said Tsikwe.

“Also, a good story to tell is that an agreement was reached between the National Treasury, creditors and the municipality and the equitable share funds were released.

“I wish to highlight a few important facts and figures in the budget for 2015-’16. The operating expenditure budget for 2015-’16 is estimated at R239,4 million. Our budget is almost what the municipality is owed and as council and civil society, we need to encourage our people to pay their municipal debt.

“That will help a great deal in assisting the municipality to fulfil its duties of service delivery.”

In line with Siyaqhuba, each of the 4 100 indigent households in Phokwane will monthly receive 6 kilolitres of free water, basic sanitation, free refuse removal and 50 kWh of free electricity.

Highlighting the 11,13% decrease in the final capital budget for 2015-’16, the mayor said it amounted to R55,28 million when compared to the R62,2 million of 2014-’15.

A few capital projects included bulk water supply at Sakhile, 1 450 stands including construction of 2,8 km of road, the LIC project phase 1 and 2, Thagadipelajang and Bonita Park.

The mayor announced the electrification of 608 stands in Guldenskat, the installation of sewer reticulation for 37 sites in Pampierstad Ward 2, plus the upgrading of streets and storm water in Valspan LIC project phase 2.

The mayor revealed plans for the construction of street storm water systems in Phase 3, Pampierstad, and the formalisation of informal settlements in Ganspan. These projects, he said, created more than 150 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs in Phokwane.

Regarding the announced R10 million allocation by the Frances Baard District Municipality to the Phokwane Municipality for infrastructure development, Tsikwe stated that a further R2,5 million would be utilised for operation and maintenance.

The refurbishment of the old oxidation pond system and the upgrading of the outflow line at the Jan Kempdorp Waste Water Treatment Works, fencing of the Hartswater Water Treatment Works, a master plan for bulk water and sanitation infrastructure, including a maintenance plan, a water conservation and demand management strategy, and water and sanitation for 608 stands in Guldenskat were announced as major infrastructure projects.

The Local Economic Development (LED) unit is reported to have been allocated a budget of R1 000 000 million to perform its activities.

“We believe the municipality can change the lives of our people.”

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