Ugu mayor takes 2015/16 draft budget to the people

2015-04-30 14:53

THE Ugu District Municipality’s R1 billion-plus draft budget for the 2015/2016 financial year that promises massive upgrades of the organisation’s core functions of water and sanitation services has been well received by communities.

Ugu District Municipality, in partnership with its family of local municipalities, is engaged in a series of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget road shows where the municipal leadership is engaging communities to seek their input on the service delivery draft budget.

The new financial year’s budget caters­ for the advancement of the district’s water and sanitations services and infrastructure with an increased capital budget of R392 473 920 and an operational budget of R790 658 097 for the improvement of water and sanitation services, tourism, relief for the poor and special programmes.

An amount of R189 800 000 of this budget will address water service backlogs while R53 269 420 of the budget will be used for sanitation services. The municipality has budgeted R6 246 580 for the completion of the installation of Ventilated Pit Latrines (VIP toilets­) in the rural communities.

For the urban customers’ the municipality has proposed a seven percent water and sanitation services tariff increase for the 2015/16 financial year.

In the critical areas of service delivery, a bulk of the budget has been set aside in a form of a municipal infrastructure grant (MIG) of R249 316 000.

An amount of R303 885 000 from equitable shares will ensure the continuation of free basic water provision via communal standpipes and drought relief, among other things.

An allocation of R69 438 080 has been made for water tariff subsidisation.

During her presentation of the budget­ the district mayor, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede said this public participation process is key towards the endorsement of the budget and that it is pivotal that communities are given the opportunity of sharing their perspective on government’s practices towards the improved utilisation of the service delivery budget.

We have engaged with numerous communities thus far and we have been positively advised on the budget and the communities’ views and suggestions will be taken into consideration.

Following the conclusion of the IDP and Budget Road Shows 2015/2016, Gumede will present the final budget with the communities’ valuable inputs to council for adoption in May for the new financial year commencing on 1 July 2015.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities

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