KwaDukuza approves R1.5 billion budget from page 1

2015-06-10 06:02
KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender, mayor Ricardo Mthembu and speaker of the council Thulani Khuluse at Luthuli Museum where council adopted the budget for the 2015/2016 financial year.
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KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender, mayor Ricardo Mthembu and speaker of the council Thulani Khuluse at Luthuli Museum where council adopted the budget for the 2015/2016 financial year. Photo: Makhosandile zulu

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The capital budget amount decreased by 8.06 percent compared to the previous financial year and will amount to R32 million for the 2015/2016 period. Mthembu said money needed to address development backlogs exceeds available funds hence expenses had to be reduced to “balance the budget”.

For the new financial year the municipality will generate R78 million from electricity and refuse charges which increased by 6.95 percent. R305 million will be made from property rates which will not increase due to the implementation of a new General Valuation Roll. The increase on electricity charges and miscellaneous tariffs will vary according to tariff charges.

R46 million will come from other revenue, with R31 million generated from fines and R24 million made from the interest earned from external investments.

Mthembu said the municipality would use the inflation rate to finalise the salary increase negotiations for all employees since the last agreement lapsed in June 2014. He stated that the municipality writes off bad debt once “all prospective debt recovery mechanisms are exhausted and possibility of recovery is remote.”

Mthembu said the electrical engineering department will be involved in a number of projects which are a three-year upgrade of the LT Mains in the North and South which will total R4 million; a R5, 8 million upgrade of MV networks in the same regions with the North due for a rollover of the upgrades to these networks in the tune of R1.5 million.

Furthermore, a rollover of upgrades to the MV Networks will cost R800 000; R8 million is to be spent on street lighting in various wards; R3.5 million is set aside for upgrading all substations and new electrification projects have been allocated R20 million.

R15.3 million will be used for the rollover of electrification projects; R15 million for the supply of bulk electricity in the North and South sections and R18.2 million for the rollover of electricity bulk supply to the entire area in the KwaDukuza Municipality. R38 million has been allocated for the land acquisition and building of the KwaDukuza substation, said Mthembu.

Mthembu said the economic development and planning department will focus on youth development initiatives which have been allocated R3.9 million; with R790 000 allocated for Local Economic Development initiatives; R72 million for job creation projects in Mbozamo, Sakhumkhanya and Soksimbone; R1.4 million for the Extended Public Works Programme; R300 000 for the Flagship SMME Development programme for emerging contractors; R850 000 for facilities for informal traders; R2.3 million for spatial development; R14.5 million for the IFA/Hullets Development and R121 million for the construction of new houses.

He added: “These projects are part of the Integrated Development Plan and are in line with the National Development Plan and the Provincial Development Plan.”

He further stated that the municipality has an Indigent Policy in place with 15 893 applications for electricity registered thus far and 11 979 for refuse.

He congratulated the human settlements department for taking first place in the Goven Mbeki Awards under the catergory “Best Informal Settlements Upgrade Project” for the Groutville Priority 5 housing project and for taking second place in the “Best Accredited Municipality” category

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