BUDGET 2019/20: Proposed rate increases loom

2019-06-12 06:00

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BOBANI said during his proposed budget speech that a safety and security summit was in the pipeline.

“This summit will comprehensively look at crime prevention, law enforcement and other aspects of criminality. A prosperous city cannot continue to flourish if crime is not addressed efficiently,” Bobani said.

To this end, R29 million was allocated to acquire specialised vehicles and equipment in the fight against crime.

The proposed budget allocated R200 million for Human Settlements, which will go towards the servicing of 2 000 housing sites and land acquisition to all qualifying residents.

In addition, Bobani allocated R27 million to electrify 1 297 RDP houses and R30 million to electrify 2 500 informal dwellings.

However, according to ACDP councillor, Lance Grootboom, the ACDP submits that the increase in tariffs would definitely eat into the already reduced incomes of the poor and lower income groups in NMB.

Grootboom added, “It is clear from the way this budget is structured, and various other ways this metro is being run, that the current administration do not care about the people of this metro and believe they are above the long arm of the national Treasury’s law and regulations. Therefore, the ACDP cannot support a budget that will economically oppress residents and businesses in NMB due to mismanagement of this ANC/UDM/EFF led coalition.”

Marlon Daniels from the PA told PE Express that they will not be supporting the budget simply because the PA is not happy with how the money is being spent in the metro.

“We cannot just raise our hands in support if our own constituents are not the direct beneficiaries thereof. What the PA asked for the northern areas, has not been granted and is also very vaguely being dealt with. The PA will not support the budget, which will be tabled today,” Daniels commented.

DA councillor, Athol Trollip, said that the DA would also not be supporting the budget.

“The budget processes are extensive and compliance of all requirements is not negotiable.

“This coalition has not fulfilled these requirements. What’s more is the fact that this budget simply ignores the economic realities of the country and this city and it will lead to economic shrinkage and more job losses which will be catastrophic. The DA has made the most comprehensive submissions on this budget’s shortfalls and they have been ignored,” Trollip said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Proposed Budget 2019/20 in short:


V Water, sanitation and refuse – 7.5% each

V Property rates tax – 7.7%

V Electricity – 13.04%


V R29 m – Fight against crime

V R49.5 m – Upgrade of three cemeteries, develop public open spaces and develop more waste disposal facilities

V R44 m – Sport and Recreation: Construction of multi-purpose centres in Wards 17, 21, 34 and 42; upgrades to main library and some sporting facilities

V R482 m – Infrastructure and Engineering: tarring of gravel roads, resurfacing of existing roads and construction of sidewalks

V R223 m – Upgrading and construction of substations, electrification of houses and other important deliverables

V R1 m – Improve current infrastructure at municipal pound in Uitenhage

  • Find the full proposed Budget on our website at www.netwerk24.com/za/pe-express

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