Kouga approves budget

2015-06-04 06:00

THE Kouga Municipality will start the new financial year on a high note following the approval of the 2015/2016 budget by the Kouga Council on Friday, May 29.

The 2015/2016 review of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) was adopted unanimously at the same meeting.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas, who called on councillors to unite in their commitment to bettering the lives of Kouga’s people, said that the new budget had been streamlined to eliminate wastage and maximise service delivery, especially to poor and disadvantaged areas.


The operating revenue for 2015/2016 has been set at R638,7 million. This is an increase of 6% or R37,3 million when compared to the 2014/2015 adjustment budget.

The expected income from rates and service delivery is:

. R146,9m from property rates

. R232,4m from electricity

. R54,8m from water

. R40,2m from sanitation, and

. R27,9m from refuse removal


Residents can expect to pay between 6% and 12,2% more for services in the new financial year, starting July 2015.

Property rates will increase by 6% for businesses and 6% for residential properties. A 6% increase is also on the cards for refuse removal and sanitation.

Electricity and water will see the biggest price increases, prompted by the rising cost of purchasing these services from Eskom and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro respectively as well as the increasing cost associated with repairing and maintaining the required infrastructure.

A tariff increase of 12% will be implemented for water from July 1, 2015, while the consumer tariff for electricity will increase by an average of 12,2% to offset the additional bulk purchase cost of 14,24%, also from July 1.


The operating expenditure for the new year has been set at R689,2 million, which is 2% or R12 million more than the 2014/2015 adjustment budget. The total includes an estimated R80 million for depreciation, which is a non-cash item.

Key expenditure items include R200,8 million for bulk purchases and R212,4 million for employee-related costs. Six percent of the operating budget will be put towards repairs and maintenance.


The capital budget for the new year totals R63,57 million. It will be funded by conditional grants amounting to R33,36 million and own funding of R30,21 million. This is an increase of 35% or R16,37 million when compared to the 2014/2015 adjustment budget.

Highlights of the capital budget include:

. The replacement of digesters at Patensie (R12,8m)

. The upgrade of the Kruisfontein Waste Water Treatment Works (R10,5m)

. High mast lights (R8m)

. A multipurpose hall for Ward 6, KwaNomzamo (R6,5m)

. Internal sewer at Wavecrest (R4,5m)

. The upgrade of sports facilities (R4,3m)

. The electrification of Ocean View (R4,1m)

. Internal sewer at Thornhill (R2,6m)

. A transfer station at Patensie (R2m) and mini transfer stations at Weston, Thornhill and Oyster Bay (R350 000 each)

. The fencing of the KwaNomzamo Waste Water Treatment Works (R2m)

. The fencing of cemeteries (R1m)

. A satellite fire station at Oyster Bay (R1m)

. The acquisition of grass-cutting equipment (R300 000)

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