SDM allocates larger chunk of budget to water and sanitation services

GA-MALEKANE – Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) has allocated R459, I million to its infrastructure and water services department for the implementation of water and sanitation projects across the district.

Keamotseng Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, made the announcement during the district municipality’s 2019/2020 budget speech at Ga-Malekane village in Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality on Friday.

Ramaila described the department as core in speaking to the heart of the constitutional mandate of local government as provided in section 152 of providing sustainable basic services to the people.

According to Ramaila the core business of SDM is the provisioning of water and sanitation services to the people.

The Executive Mayor said the department took an allocation of 49% of the total operating budget and that the bulk of the resources would go towards operational expenses in the water business such as purchasing of bulk water from providers and tinkering.

He added that the municipality has devised a strategy to phase out outsourcing of the water tinkering and honey sucking through ensuring that water tankers and honey suckers were procured on annual basis.

“The municipality procured three water tankers and one honey sucker for the 2018/2019 financial year which delivery will take place at the end of May 2019,” informed Ramaila.

The office of the Executive Mayor has been allocated R32, 2 million, the speaker’s office R35, 9 million, municipal manager’s office R68 million, budget and treasury R128, 7 million, community services enjoys R57, 8 million allocation, corporate services allocated R129, 5 million, planning and economic development given R10, 6 million and Sekhukhune Development Agency has been allocated R4, 2 million for the financial year 2019/2020.

Ramaila said indigents would still get the free 6000 litres of water at first consumption and if the households consumed more than that, they must start paying for the extra water consumed above the 6000 litres threshold.

The Executive Mayor said the proposed water tariff increase for the year 2019/2020 financial year was thirty 30% and would further decrease to only five percent in the 2020/2021 financial year due to alignment of tariffs to be cost effective.

“The sewerage tariffs and all other tariffs will increase by five percent in the 2019/2020 financial year. Basic charges for household are to increase from R42, 56c to R44, 69c while businesses are to increase from R125, 82c to R132, 11c. Residents per kilolitre will move from R10, 81c to R13, 51c and business per kilolitre will move from R15, 54c to R19, 43c,” informed Ramaila.

The total budget allocation for 2019/2020 financial year is R1, 671 billion made up of R926 million for operating expenditure and R707, 4 million for capital budget. The total allocation for SDM over the medium term period will increase to R1, 704 billion in 2020/2021 and further increase to R1, 769 billion in 2021/2022 financial year.

Thapelo Motseo

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