Umvoti running out of money

2015-08-26 06:00
Lake Merthley with the clubhouse in the background. Photo taken by Andre Strydom last weekend!

Lake Merthley with the clubhouse in the background. Photo taken by Andre Strydom last weekend!

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A CIRCULAR to “all users” from Umvoti municipal deputy CFO, dated 20 August, states: and#034;The Municipality can only afford to fund grant-funded projects, contracted services and salaries until October 2015”.

Which in plain terms means there is not enough money to pay councillors, officials and the work force.

Cash-strapped ratepayers and residents will also be interested in other items listed in the circular which will

no longer be paid out of municipal


• Hotel expenses for officials (and some councillors) who are taking private training or education courses. It is alleged that these private courses, diplomas, degrees, etc., were also being funded by the municipality. Also the municipality paid for plane tickets to Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as travel expenses for those undertaking private training or education.

• All training and workshops have been put on hold until January 2016 and hotel costs for staying overnight for a one-day course will no longer be paid

• Catering, refreshments and newspaper requisitions will also not be funded until January 2016.

• Various wards will also be unhappy that projects not funded by the municipal structure grant will not be processed, and this includes social events.

• No external or internal bursaries will be funded till January 2016.

It is also reported, although unconfirmed, that R16 million has been paid out for heavy equipment, which has not yet been delivered, that R51 million has been paid to SIGEM for electrification projects in Ward 5 and Ward 6 - not completed, and there are many more similar examples.

Previously deviations from the supply chain policy were permitted up to the value of R200 000 but about 2-3 months ago, Council recommended , and approved that projects up to the value of R2 million could be put into operation without going out to tender.

Ratepayers should also ask questions about the number of consultants on the municipalityand#039;s books, the number of contractors, investments, etc. Perhaps this will serve as an incentive for ratepayers to get together to ask questions and demand answers and action before Greytown runs out of money … and water

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