Ugu draft budget taken to communities for public input

2017-04-13 06:02

FROM Tuesday this week, the council-approved draft budget of R1.3 billion for Ugu District Municipality for the 2017/2018 fiscal started doing the rounds in communities for public comment and input before it is officially adopted.

The district municipality, in collaboration with Umdoni, Umzumbe, Ray Nkonyeni and Umuziwabantu municipalities are taking their budgets to the people under the annual democratic exercise of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget road shows.

The mayor of the district, Cllr Mondli Chiliza presented the people-centred budget of R1 325 004 007 made up of a capital budget of R360 151 000, which will aid key municipal strategic focus areas­, including among others, asset management and recuperation of municipal infrastructure and an operational budget of R964 853 007, with the main driving costs being provision of quality water and sanitation services.

The municipality is proposing a budget of R217 351 000 for water services, an increased amount of R61 500 000 for sanitation services, R15 000 000 for VIP toilets and R33 500 000 for water pipeline replacements.

The draft budget also highlighted proposed tariff charges of seven percent across the board for water and sanitation services.

Going beyond the mandated services of water and sanitation, the municipality continues to implement programmes to fight the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Some highlights of the special programmes include an increased budget of R2 236 500 for youth development initiatives, R500 000 for the Mayoral Bursary Fund, R500 000 for HIV and Aids programmes and a budget of R329 000 for senior citizens.

At the completion of the consultative process, the collated community input will be considered and the final budget, which will be tailored according to the communities’ service delivery needs, will be presented at the end of May.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

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