Matat Viewpoint

2018-06-08 06:00

MATATIELE Mayor tables a R479 million pro-poor budget.

In commemoration of Africa month, the Matatiele Local Municipality Speaker, Councillor Mshuqwana, took the Council meeting to the people of Ramafole on Tuesday. The council received and approved the municipality’s final budget tabled by the Mayor, Momelezi Mbedla.

The approved budget comprises a capital budget amounting to R142 million, as well as an operational budget of R337 million.

The mayor assured Matatiele residents that their frustrations and challenges are on top of their agenda. “It is our mandate as this Council to ensure that we provide access roads, electricity and a clean and healthy environment, a conducive environment for investments, and the promotion of economic development also tops our agenda,” he said.

The budget was presented under the difficulties that the country is currently facing in relation to economic growth, resulting in reduced financial resources for the municipality.

Property rates will not increase in terms of rate randage charge. Exemptions will be increased from R55 000 to R65 000.

Rebates will be increased from 35% to 40% for residential properties, from 10% to 15% for business, government and industrial properties (no exemption), and from 65% to 70% for agricultural/farm properties.

On electricity — as per advice from National Treasury and depending on Nersa approval, municipal electricity will increase by 6,84%. Refuse removal charges will increase below inflation by five percent.

Other municipal charges relating to the utilisation of municipal services, hall hire fees, and other charges will also be increased by five percent.

Turning his focus to the state of the municipality, the mayor assured communities that in spite of the challenges in relation to roads, electricity, potholes and refuse removal, “a new dawn has come”.

“Necessary measures will be taken to ensure that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today.”

He went on to say now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new and better Matatiele for all.

To address the backlog of electricity, the following areas will be connected to the national grid in the next financial year: Tsitsong, Khohlong, Black Diamond, Mohapi, Nice Field, Mateleng, Goxe, Nkungwini, KwaMatias A and Pamlaville Phase 2.

“Our communities continue to raise their frustrations when it comes to potholes in and around town and on access roads. We share the same sentiments with them, indeed most of our roads are not in good condition,” and in such the following roads will be constructed: Sijoka A/R, Epiphany A/R, T13 to Zwelitsha A/R, Nomgavu A/R, Vikinduku A/R, Butsula via Taung A/R, Gudlintaba A/R, Ngcwengane-Bomvini A/R, Matatiele CBD internal streets phase 2, Mountain View internal streets, Cedarville internal streets phase 3, Maluti internal streets phase 4. Our major infrastructure projects are; Lagrange pedestrian bridge, Matatiele Sports Centre, Silo Facility phase 2, Freystata bridge, Mabheleni bridge, Ngcwengane bridge and Nomgavu bridge.

The residences for staff at Nyaniso clinic have been completed which was phase 1 and the tender for construction of the clinic itself is in process and that will be phase 2.

In Matatiele, the Department of Human Settlements will build 1 278 houses, spending an amount close to three million rand. These projects are under way: Mvenyane 500, Maritseng 1 500, Masakala 550, Mehloloaneng 898, Mdeni 30 and Thaba-Chicha 500. Projects that are in planning include the following: Sandfontein 100, Pote 40, Zwelitsha 500 and Chibini 500.

The mayor also reassured the people of Matatiele that the municipality is implementing tough measures and controls to ensure a clean audit opinion is achieved. This given the fact that the municipality received a qualified audit opinion in the 2016/17 financial year.

In the next financial year, the Department of Transport has promised to regravel DR08646, the Onguleksnek Nature Reserve to the border gate (8km), which is at the planning stages, maintenance by in-house teams (Heavy Blading) of DR08013 Maluti to Ramatsilitso border, maintenance of DR08071 and DR08069 to Mandlangala. Maintenance by in-house of DR08646 to Masupa and heavy maintenance of DR08070.

The surfacing of the road between Mvenyane and Cedarville is under way. Using the in-house plant, badly affected roads will be prioritised.

Some schools in the following wards will receive uniforms from Sassa: 1,3,4,6,7,8,11,12,13,15,21,23 and 24.

“We are a Destination of Choice and Excellence.”

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