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2013-07-01 19:18

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Johannesburg - Eastern Cape municipalities must use the start of the new financial year to implement service delivery programmes, local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Monday.

"Municipal budgets for service delivery and other developmental programmes must be used on items they are allocated for and such expenditure must be within the confines of the law," he said in a statement.

"Municipal plans for the second quarter must be approved in the first quarter in order to cut delays and red tape in the implementation of delivery."

Monday marked the start of the new financial year for municipalities.

Qoboshiyane said much work was done in the previous year as municipalities ventured into infrastructure projects.

He said municipalities had to keep in mind, when spending ratepayers' money, that they had to deliver quality services.

"We urge our municipalities to consult communities, civil society, and businesses to share information about budgeted projects, date and time of delivery, share employment, and business development opportunities.

"Most importantly, we urge our municipalities to work with the provincial department of public works in their infrastructure programmes, because that department has a number of engineers and technicians tasked with helping government with its infrastructure needs," said Qoboshiyane.

Municipalities had to develop their human resource capacity and not rely on consultants.

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