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2017-06-09 06:00

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Matatiele is moving forward

In commemoration of the Africa Month, the Mayor of Matatiele Local Municipality Cllr Momelezi Mbedla, tabled the State of the Municipality Address (Soma) and the 2017/18-2022 Budget and IDP at Khauoe Community Hall in Ward 25 on May 29.

The mayor tabled the budget under the theme “The year of OR Tambo: Building a better Africa and a better world”. He encouraged the people of Matatiele to honour the sacrifices and contributions of OR Tambo towards a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa and use the centenary celebrations to learn more about the sacrifices our struggle icons made so we can live in a democratic South Africa.

“This year’s budget speech and State of the Municipality Address will focus more on how in the next five years we are going to transform the municipality into a better place to work and live in.
“It will represent the wishes and aspirations of the poor, and as such our endeavours will be centered around the critical task of eradicating poverty and reducing unemployment and inequality,” said Mbedla.

The municipality worked tirelessly in the previous financial year to change the lives of the people of Matatiele. A plan is in place to electrify Wards 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 13, while the tender to electrify Nkali, Nuresh, Mahangu, KwaMbombo, Magayazidlele, Drayini, New House and Madlangala villages was issued.

The designs in these areas, Maphokoma, Zikhali, Chera, Thoneng, Maharing, Goxe, kwaMatias A, Nyaniso, Bubesi B, Nkalweni E and Mzongwana substation, are in place. With regards to the indigent support, the Matatiele Local Municipality has more than 3 450 beneficiaries on its indigent register who enjoy free electricity.

The Alfred Nzo District Municipality has increased access to basic sanitation services around Matatiele. Government is currently rolling out more than 1 140 VIP toilets in Wards 7, 10, 22 and 24.

The Expanded Public Works Programme has created more than 390 work opportunities across the municipality. The Department of Human Settlements has delivered a total of 1 963 housing units spending more than R23 million.

The address by the mayor has displayed that the municipality has delivered services to the people effectively and efficiently. These successes include the provision of energy and water, creating conditions for inclusive economic growth and job creation. The open council day which was used as public participation forum by the Speaker, Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana was also attended by the Alfred Nzo District Municipality Chief Whip Cllr Tobo.

Government departments also rendered services to more than 700 community members who accepted the adoption of the budget and IDP.

A look at the coffers for FY17/18

The operating budget for the municipality will be R321 million, this has increased from the 2016/2017 budget of R289 million. This operating budget includes allocations for remuneration of employees and all allowances to the total R99,5 million and this is 31% of the total operating expenditure. Remuneration of councillors is included in this operating budget with the provision allocation of R17 million.

Also included in the overall budget are allocations for repairs and maintenance and electricity bulk purchases from Eskom amounting to R14.9 million and R43 million respectively.

Through what we call mayoral projects, with a budget allocation of R2,1 million, we shall be a developmental partnership which directly builds capabilities and empowers local change agents to build our society. To continuously put Matatiele on the map while boosting local economy, we have allocated R2 million for the music festival, and R2.7 million to develop the local economy. Indigent supports subsidy to needy households will be about R14 million and other special programmes to deal with needs of our special groups.

An amount of R170 million in this budget has been allocated to deal with the improvement of our infrastructure through construction of access roads, surfacing of some gravel roads, electrification of rural areas, improvement of our electricity capacity through the newly built electricity sub-station.

Construction of extramural facilities, on-going construction of the council chambers and acquisitions of machinery and equipment have also been budgeted for.

The electricity department has a capital budget of about R83 million, included in this budget is R80 million for rural electrification and substation which will be funded from INEP and R3 050 000 will be funded from municipal reserves.

Also featuring in the budget is the installation of high mast lights and procurement of light motor vehicles and equipment. The allocated budget to the Infrastructure department is 54% of the total budget.

The total municipal budget for both 2017/2018 operating and capital will be R491.7 million.

The tariff of charges, rates exemptions and rebates which will be key in raising of municipal revenues from council own sources are: all tariff charges excluding electricity and refuse are calculated to increase by five percent for the 2017/18 financial year, proposed to start July 1.

Electricity tariff is proposed to increase with 1.88 % in terms of the guideline from the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. Refuse tariff increase at seven percent.

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