Bulk of Jhb budget goes to JMPD

2011-06-29 14:57

The biggest chunk of the City of Johannesburg’s 2011/2012 medium-term budget is going to the Metro Police Department.

R1.5 billion of the R33 billion spending plan has been allocated to the city’s metro police department’s “various projects and initiatives – the focus of which will be on improved law enforcement and crime prevention”, mayor Parks Tau said.

In an effort to reduce the traffic congestion problem, he added, the money would also go to repairing broken traffic lights together with deploying more metro cops on busy roads during peak hours.

The operating budget stands at R29.4 billion and the capital budget at R3.7 billion.

As residents continue to feel the winter chill – and power outages – an average increase of 27.7% is expected for electricity services, ranging from 5% for prepaid customers to 31% and 28% for business and industrial customers respectively.

“This is also to support the move towards becoming a prepaid city,” Tau said.

Another major cause for the increase is cable theft and illegal connections.

In total, City Power has been allocated R843.9 million “which will be spent towards refurbishing new network service connections, the installation of smart metres, public lighting and infrastructure”.

A smart metre is an electrical metre that records the user’s consumption of energy for monitoring and billing purposes.

Other tariff increases include 6.7% for all categories of properties, 14% for water and sanitation services and 6.7% for refuse collection.

This is due to Eskom (26.7%) and Rand Water (12.1%) increases, current national electricity constraints, projected shortage of water resources, change in consumption levels and the impact of inflation and cost of providing services.

The highlights of the city’s capital budget include:
» Infrastructure and housing developments, such as the Alexandra hostel, Baragwanath central precinct, Selby Village and phase two of the Stretford station precinct;
» The extension of the BRT infrastructure and starting phase two of sewer and water infrastructure;
» The rehabilitation of Burma Lake;
» The upgrade of roads; and
» The development of new parks and the upgrading of existing ones.

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