Ugu 2015/16 budget approved

2015-06-04 06:00

UGU District Municipality 2015/2016 budget allocation was accepted and approved by council in a meeting held at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality council chambers on Thursday.

Ugu mayor councillor Ntombifikile Gumede delivered a speech on her draft budget for approval for the integrated development plan (IDP).

Ugu mayor said they have been conscious of the legislative mandate, the provision of water and sanitation and a sustainable environment.

“In this budget we attempted to strike a balance between ongoing service delivery imperatives and responding to the developmental challenges,” said Gumede.

The mayor also spoke about the tariff increases from Eskom - 20% - and Umgeni Water’s increase of eight percent.

Gumede told council that after the IDP road shows they, as the municipality, agreed that the increase for water and sanitation would be 6.5% as opposed to the previous proposal of seven percent.

“With regard to wages and salaries, this is the final year of the three-year agreement for the municipal sector as it ends in June.

“The South African Local Government Association is in negotiation with trade unions and has revised its offer to 5,4% based on a multi-year agreement even though the unions demanded 11%,” she said.

The official State of the District Address will be soon when she will announce the budget.

The total budget for the next financial year is R1 194 342 721.

The budget for Ugu South Coast Tourism is R17 556 833 and for the South Coast Development Agency, R6 187 633.

Gumede said both budget allocations have been approved by the respective entities and said the municipality has committed to avail itself whenever these two entities need support.

“We will always be available to lend support because ours is about building a better district which attracts local and international tourists.”

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