Capital budget in the spotlight

2018-06-28 06:01
The upgrade of the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works is underway following the completion of the Kruisfontein plant’s upgrade (pictured).                         Photo:SUPPLIED

The upgrade of the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works is underway following the completion of the Kruisfontein plant’s upgrade (pictured). Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE capital budget for 2018/2019 amounts to R67,745-million, which is R 1,689-million or 2,43 % less than the 2017/18 adjustment budget.

It will be funded from government grants and subsidies, as well as internal funding.

“I must also emphasise that, for the first time in many years, this current local government is using own revenue and adding that to grant funding to boost our capital delivery to ensure we drive a pro-poor budget,” Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

SEA VISTA WASTE WATER TREATMENT WORKS

The biggest project on the capital budget is the multi-year upgrade of the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works, where the municipality will be spending R18,5 million in the 2018/19 year.

The upgrade will put in place the bulk infrastructure needed to unlock the building of new RDP houses in the area.

BUCKET TOILETS

The Kouga Council has vowed to prioritise the eradication of the bucket system over the next three years.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks said this was the highest priority in the municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and a great concern to the Council.

“More than 4 000 Kouga households still rely on bucket toilets. This is unacceptable, and we will be launching a multi-year programme in 2018/19 to eradicate the system, with R2,3-million being allocated for the first year of implementation.

“This fight will continue in the outer years of our budget and it will remain the number one priority for this municipality until every bucket is removed and burned, never to be used again.”

BETTERING LIVES IN INFORMAL AREAS

Illegal electricity connections are but one of the many challenges in our informal settlements that need urgent attention.

The Kouga Council intends to eliminate the threat of illegal electricity gradually over the next three years.

“Illegal connections present an imminent and present danger to families and especially vulnerable children,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“That is why we will be using R1-million of our own funding to install power at illegal electricity hot spots in addition to the R8,8-million we have received through the INEP-grant for the electrification of current and future housing projects.

“A further R500 000 has been budgeted for extra stand pipes and the upgrading of roads in informal settlements. We have also already purchased 700 wheelie bins to improve refuse collection in these areas.”

WATER SECURITY

Kouga Municipality will be spending R1,5-million on boreholes in the new financial year.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks said achieving water security for all communities was a serious concern because of the prolonged drought.

“We have made great strides this past year in sinking 10 boreholes and delivering 70 rainwater tanks to strategic places in the Gamtoos Valley.

“With dam levels critically low, we would like to appeal to all residents to keep their usage to 50 litres per person per day,” he said.

OTHER CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The development of two cemetery cites at Loerie and Thornhill.
  • In order to combat vandalism and sabotage, R3-million has been set aside for the fencing of the Loerie pump station, Jeffreys Bay and Kruisfontein reservoirs, cemeteries, caravan parks and camping sites.
  • R4,3-million has been budgeted for the upgrading and fencing of sports fields, with the emphasis on Wards 1 and 2.
  • R 6,5 million will further be used to replace fleet that is no longer functional.
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