Lack of funding for critical sectors

2016-06-02 06:00

THE Kouga Council budgeted a mere R35 million for repairs and maintenance for all the towns in Kouga, despite objections from the DA.

According to DA councillor Brenton Wil- liams, a Council should allocate a minimum of 8% of the budget towards repairs and maintenance.

The underspending on repairs and maintenance of our infrastructure over many years has led to the problems we are facing today with sewage spills, water leaks, power outages and the potholes in our roads,” said Williams.

  • He also questioned how the Kouga will ever catch up on the infrastructure backlog, identified as being billions of Rand in the Integrated

According to the medium term budget framework, things are not going to get better with only R49 million being budgeted for Capital Projects in the 2017/18 budget cycle.

Williams also criticised the fact that the Tourism and Local Economic Development budget is only R11 million, which is down from R19,5 million in the 2013/2014

financial year.

“Tourism and agriculture are the economic drivers in Kouga and yet we treat Tourism as a nice-to-have item in the budget and not as a “have-to-have” item. We need to be supporting the big festivals we have in our area, as well as be attending the trade shows and market our area, which has so much tourism potential,” said Wiliams.

“Tourism is the only sustainable creator of jobs in the Kouga and needs to be treated accordingly.”

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