New water projects a priority

2011-03-07 00:00

PRESENTING the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) budget on Friday, Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said a turnaround has been achieved since he took over the job in April 2008, when the municipality was on the verge of collapse,

“Through constructive and mutually beneficial engagements, we have interacted with all mayors to strike a co-operative partnership. Through it we have successfully taken over the water provision services and introduced the new billing system, resulting in income of more than R40 million in the space of 18 months,” said Bhamjee.

He said the Harry Gwala Stadium was also completed, resulting in leading teams like Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs visiting the city.

“We successfully hosted Team Paraguay, one of the 32 national teams that participated in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.’

UMDM has formed strategic partnerships with NGOs and many interest groups to advance the cause of sustainable local government, he said, and launched the District Aids Council and local aids councils in all municipalities.

“The [government’s] New Growth Plan is founded on the five strategic priorities of all spheres of government. These are jobs, education, health, rural development and land reform as well as fighting crime.

“The New Growth Plan is a means towards creation of a just society free from the ravages of poverty, unemployment and under-development.”

He said the budget has been formulated to support the continued implementation of a vision “to evolve into a dynamic metropolitan municipality, spreading its vibrant economic benefits to all its citizens and places, and will, through concerted integrated development and service delivery, realise improvements in the overall quality of life”.

Bhamjee said the total projected income for the 2011/12 financial year is R489,431 million.

“Income has increased by 9,8% from R445,756 million as per the adjusted budget at December 2010. The operational income is R418,409 million, which is 85% of the total income.”

He said the operational income is made up of the council’s equitable share from national government of R286,019; water and sanitation income of R79,287 million; as well as income of R5,429 million from parking fees and interest. Capital income is R116 656 000.

The grant for municipal infrastructure is R85 850 000, for regional infrastructure R25 000 000, for massification R4 118 000, and for rural transport services and infrastructure R1 688 000.

A major part (72%) of the municipality infrastructure grant will be spent on water projects, added Bhamjee.

The full council will sit on May 6 to adopt the draft budget.

R489,431 million

uMgungundlovu District Municipality income for 2011/12, up 9,8%


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