Mayor tables R751 million budget

2018-06-08 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedHarry Gwala District Executive Mayor Mluleki Ndobe delivers his budget speech.

PHOTO: suppliedHarry Gwala District Executive Mayor Mluleki Ndobe delivers his budget speech.

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THE Harry Gwala District Municipality’s total budget of R751 million will deal with service delivery issues, particularly water and sanitation, said Mayor Mluleki Ndobe.

The mayor announced that water and sanitation tariffs are proposed to increase by 6,8% considering the economic viability.

Presenting the 2018/2019 budget at Bulwer Hall on Wednesday, Ndobe said the budget will strike a balance between eradicating the service-delivery backlogs while at the same time dealing with operational and maintenance issues.

Furthermore, bylaws will be gazetted in order to ensure proper enforcement.

“We will activate the smart meters so that they can be operating as pre-paid,” said Ndobe.

He said they will also install meters in selected areas such as Donnybrook, and implement an indigent register as it has recently been reviewed.

Ndobe said the municipality has regressed from an unqualified audit opinion to a qualified audit opinion.

He said they have taken steps to recover expenditure and to prevent the recurrence of irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

“The municipality is in an effort to improve revenue collection and has already started to implement restrictions on water services to defaulting debtors. Irregular or fruitfulness and wasteful expenditure is caused by the incurrence of interest due to late payment of creditors. In order to address this, the municipality is implementing strong mechanisms to increase debt collection so as to improve the liquidity position of the municipality” said Ndobe.

He highlighted a number of projects taking place in all four local municipalities.

The mayor said they allocated a budget per local municipalities as follows. For the Greater Kokstad Municipality an amount of R42 million, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality R104 million, Ubuhlebezwe Municipality R86 million and Umzimkhulu Municipality R73 million.

“We have allocated the budget to the municipality considering the population of each local municipality,” said Ndobe.

The mayor said he is confident that the budget will change the lives of ordinary people.

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