Ward 44 maxes current budget

2017-06-20 06:01

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With the current financial year for the City of Cape Town drawing to a close, the spotlight falls on various wards on the extent of the expenditure of the capital they were allocated throughout the period.

Documenting the average capital expenditure within a ward is crucial in determining where future needs may be met both in terms of progressive capital expenditure (PCE), which relates to the capital funding as well as the operational funding, which deals with social programmes.

“What is important to note on the PCE so far (16/17), which is almost done, and the percentages will determine how well we have done. So far, I can see under ward 44 we are on 86%. For operational we are now on 92.6%. We are doing quite well, by the end of the financial year once they have done all the reconciliations have been done, then it will look much better,” says ward councillor Anthony Moses.

Moses was pleased with the ward’s performance for 16/17 financial year.

“We have done quite well in terms of the money that has been spent, but I think it is also important going forward and listening to the communities in our various public processes, small scale meetings based on interest meetings in various locations of the ward where people have raised their concerns is to go back address how do we allocate in terms of the need that was mentioned to us,” he says.

He says that his office has earmarked the purchasing of sound equipment in the new financial year for the year 2017/2018.

“We have a new allocation which will be under capital expenditure projects, where we will purchase sound equipment, a PA system as well as a camera to take footage within the ward. Whenever you have a form of an event then you must hire sound, but we will purchase mobile sound which we will use at various events,” says Moses.

Other plan in the ward for the next financial year is the transformation and utilisation of the public open space at Anthony Road in Silvertown.

“The park is in the worst condition and the community have engaged by cleaning up the park. There were certain requests made on how we can turn that park into a more positive space. What we are going to do in the next financial year is that we will have R380 000 allocated for a netball court as well as further upgrades within the park,” says Moses.

Linaria Crescent’s field is also earmarked for an upgrade to the tune of R100 000.

“We are going to allocate R100 000 to see how we can do some stuff in that park, maybe an open gym as well as repairs and maintenance to the netball court and fencing. We will start off with the project and try to finish it in the next year,” adds Moses.

Around R50 000 will be allocated again for various seniors events across the ward.

“During the current financial year there was also R50 000 allocated and we had 350 seniors at the event and we wish to continue that as well as one of our legacy programmes. Under sports and recreation, there is a youth development capacity building programme which we will do through our sporting hubs throughout the ward and R50 000 has been allocated.”

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