Projects on track – mayor

2015-06-10 06:02


executive mayor of the Frances Baard District Municipality (FBDM), has promised that all projects planned for this year are well on track and would be completed successfully.

During her 2015-’16 financial year budget vote on Wednesday (20/05), she reiterated that the FBDM continued to support its local municipalities in ensuring services were delivered to the district community.

Moloi said the FBDM had managed to complete its own Spatial Development Framework (SDF), as well as for the three smaller local municipalities.

“In 2015-’16 the district municipality will assist the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality in the preparation of the SDF. This is well in line with the objectives to enhance the implementation of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Development Act (Spluma), 2013,” said Moloi.

Stressing the importance of the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) development and support policy which will provide a framework for SMME development in the district, Moloi said that the FBDM was well on track with the implementation of the five key pillars of the “back to basics” approach for local government, and emphasised that the municipality had to work better with its local municipalities to complement their back to basics action plans.

Moloi said that R1,5 million had been budgeted to support local municipalities with financial service-related matters and to ensure that financial systems were Standard Charts of Account (Scoa) compliant by 2017.

Moloi further mentioned that in 2015-’16 the FBDM would have access to a rural roads asset management systems grant to the value of R2,15 milion, as well as a District Aids Council Grant of R500 000.

She emphasised the FBDM was grant dependent and that 91% of the total revenue, the bigger portion of which was the equitable share, was determined by the growth rate of the Gross Domestic Product.

The FBDM collects own revenue anticipated at 9% of the total revenue for the 2015-’16 financial year. The total budget for the 2015-’16 financial year is R168,49 million.

The operational budget is R155,1 million (40 million of which goes to the capital expenditure of our local municipalities, as well as R17,032 million for special projects for both the district and its local municipalities).

The capital budget for the FBDM is R13,39 million.

The largest portion of the budget is allocated to the Planning and Development and Infrastructure Services Departments.

Allocations to these departments amount to R78,43 million and are directly linked towards the improvement of the quality of life of communities in the district.

This includes R41,32 million for infrastructure development and repairs and maintenance at local municipalities.

Moloi said the extent of the support provided to the local municipalities and investment in service delivery to communities could be seen in the allocations made to the local municipalities.

For the 2015-’16 financial year amounts allocated are R5 million each to the Dikgatlong and Sol Plaatje Local Municipality and R10 million each to the Phokwane and Magareng Local Municipality for infrastructure development, as well as a further R2,5 million each for operation and maintenance.

For local economic development and tourism the amounts of R3,03 million and R3,44 million have been allocated respectively.

In terms of spatial planning R2,34 million has been earmarked for the surveying of erven in Dikgatlong; the development of a spatial development framework for Sol Plaatje; the development of by-laws for three of the local municipalities; a Central Business District renewal plan for Magareng; township establishment for 450 erven in the Phokwane area and 200 erven in the Dikgatlong area.

A further R9,1 million has been allocated to special projects in other divisions such as finance, human resources, disaster management, environmental health and geographic information systems (GIS)

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