GKM mayor promises clean audit

2018-03-02 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoGKM mayor Bheki Mtolo.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoGKM mayor Bheki Mtolo.

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THE mayor of the Greater Kokstad Municipality, Bheki Mtolo, promised stakeholders that the Council and the municipal management team are working tirelessly to achieve a clean audit when he was giving an address at the 2016/2017 annual report public hearing in Kokstad last Friday.

Farmers, business people, community representatives and government departments attended.

Mtolo said municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba has been given the task of delivering a clean audit. “Groundwork has started by ensuring that critical posts are filled by qualified personnel. We are working as a team to promote accountability and transparency to achieve a clean audit opinion,” said Mtolo.

He asked councillors to do oversight work and for managers to implement Council policies and resolutions as expected, in order to deliver the community services that people deserve.

Speaking about development, he said that since 1994, the municipality has made huge strides in service delivery as it has managed to connect electricity to many communities.

He said in the 2016/2017 financial year the municipality managed to make 313 connections. “The 100% connectivity of households in GKM is always a moving target. It is made impossible by widespread illegal settlements as more people are moving to Kokstad from neighbouring towns in anticipation of better services. The municipality is faced with a huge backlog in terms of road rehabilitation or the asset management of roads. The available budget for roads is minimal when looking at the backlog,” said Mtolo.

The high level of unemployment, low-income earners that have limited affordability and high incidents of child-headed households in Kokstad have caused the municipality to introduce an indigent policy which provides free basic services to them. Through the policy, people are given free electricity and free basic refuse removal. The programme had 4 717 beneficiaries in the 2016/2017 financial year.

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