2019/2020 Budget Speech adopted

2019-06-12 06:01

THE medium term budget for the 2019/2020 financial year was adopted by the council last week.

The council meeting for uMvoti Municipality was held at the Council Chambers on May 30.

The council adopted a resolution to devise plans to put the vandalised infrastructure at the Makhabeleni area into good use again.

The structure was rigorously vandalised after the contractor in charge stopped construction due to alleged financial constraints.

Ward 12 councillor Mbongeni Khanyile asked the council about future plans for the vandalised electricity project in the Makhabeleni area. UMvoti municipal manager Sphindile Ngiba said there were challenges reaching the appointed constructor of the project.

“We have escalated the matter to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to intervene. We have done our best to contact the service provider [to no avail],” Ngiba said.

Mayor of uMvoti Municipality, Thamsanqa Ngubane, said: “We are facing a structural problem and we have to ensure it does not happen in the future,”Ngubane said.

In response to questions raised by councillors at the meeting, Ngubane said the project began at a time before he was elected mayor.

Ngubane made a proposal to the council to convene a public meeting to speak to the residents of Makhabeleni about the electricity project.

Tabled for discussion at the meeting was the electricity revenue proposed budget, amounting to over R80 million.

The final budget for 2019/2020 is R331 854 570. The revenue estimates on refuse amounts to R42.9 million and R9.6 million (seven percent increase) respectively.

Members present at the meeting were the Mayor of uMvoti Municipality, speaker Wilson Khoza, Municipal Manager Phindile Ngiba, Deputy Mayor Nomvula Masikane and councillors.

Councillor Khanyile told the Gazette that the construction workers vandalised electricity lines that were put up during the project because they were not paid.

“We heard that people were upset because they were not paid. They started removing electricity cables. They left electricity poles falling apart and the electricity lines were hanging on the poles,” Khanyile said.

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