Millions secured for drought-relief

2018-10-18 06:00

MORE than R150-million will be streaming into Kouga’s coffers over the next few months to help the municipality secure extra water for the drought-stricken region.

Two funding applications for drought-relief, submitted by Kouga Municipality, have both been fully approved by National Treasury and the decision promulgated in the Government Gazette.

Wecoming the total allocation of R151,228 million, Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said it was a proud moment for the municipality to have its funding application approved in full.

“Very seldom are applications fully funded by the relevant provincial and national government departments.

“I want to thank our municipal officials for the hard work that went into compiling the applications, and the Kouga Council for ensuring that the municipality could be trusted to spend the allocation well,” he said.

“It is a great win for our communities and will have a massive impact on the municipality’s ability to supply water to all residents in a sustainable manner.”

Kouga Municipality submitted the applications following the 2018 national budget speech in which the Minister of Finance announced that R6-billion would be set aside in 2018/2019 for drought-relief.

Municipalities had two chances to apply, with Kouga making use of both opportunities.

The allocation process was managed by National Treasury, with inputs from sector departments and the National Disaster Management Centre.

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