KDM tables 2018/19 budget

2018-06-13 06:00
Members of the KwaDukuza Council at the budget meeting.PHOTO: nkosinathi dube

Members of the KwaDukuza Council at the budget meeting.PHOTO: nkosinathi dube

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THE KwaDukuza Municipality tabled its budget during a special council meeting held at the Nkobongo sports field on May 31.

The budget was presented by KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu and was attended by the various political parties represented in the KwaDukuza Council.

The allocated budget for the 2018/19 financial year stands at R1,8 billion with an estimated capital expenditure of R1,5 billion.

Tabling the budget, Mthembu said that his presentation comes at an important time where the country celebrates the centenary of the late Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this year.

“The KwaDukuza Council has indeed done marvellous work when it comes to institutional development and transformation performances.

“More than 250 staff members were trained on various skills through the Workplace Skills Plan to the tune of R2 million. Council has also, during the current financial year, given a very clear directive to the municipal manager that in the appointments of all posts, especially at management level, a 50% gender representation cannot be compromised,” said Mthembu.

The budget also highlighted the importance of youth development, and the council is in the process of appointing an executive director who will head the unit.

“Council took a strategic to put more focus on youth empowerment due to the fact that the youth make up two-thirds of the KwaDukuza population. The council decision was to establish a unit reporting directly to the municipal manager. We hope a suitable candidate will be appointed to head the stand-alone Youth Development Business Unit,” said Mthembu.

The final capital budget amounts to R344,762 743 and relates to projects for which the council will be securing funding, either through borrowings, internal capital funds grants or other sources.

“I am well aware that my presentation comes amid the release of the auditor-general’s report that named KwaDukuza Municipality as one of three municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal that are liable for R1 billion (41%) of the total irregular expenditure incurred in the 2016-2017 financial year,” he added.

“We remain resolute to fixing the perception brought by the AG’s report for the 2016/2017 financial year. Already we have developed many systems to ensure that we are a more accountable institution,” he said.

KDM also reiterated its stance on radical economic transformation to empower previously disadvantaged members of society.

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