Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) has for the first time reached 98 percent on its Municipal Infrastructure Grant for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The district municipality confirmed that strong evidence emerged that contrary to the past 10 years, it has for the first attained 98% spending on its MIG in the 2018/2019 financial year.
The emergence came during the Annual Mayoral Lekgotla held on Tuesday 06 August 2019 at Ga-Nkoana village in Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality.
Stan Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, said they were that day proud that their efforts to put systems that dealt with forward planning in terms of procurement, water and sanitation master plans, tightening their grip on incompetence and laziness through visionary leadership and application of consequence management were yielding positive results.
Ramaila said they were still committed to achieving a clean audit that spoke to the actual service delivery on the ground.
He added that while they were proud that the district was the only municipality that did not invest in VBS, they were worried about the effects on service delivery as a result of the investments.
“In our case, the R5.4 million fraud case has turned emotive where our people are concerned that we are spending more than we have lost. We have since instructed the Accounting Officer to expedite the labour and criminal processes without interference,” said Ramaila.
The district said its performance and that of the four local municipalities on service delivery was satisfactory. Reports presented to Lekgotla showed excellent improvement regarding construction of access roads and bridges, electrification of villages among others.
Ramaila concluded that of serious concern was the slow progress in terms of getting the bulk water schemes in Sekhukhune, like the Nebo Plateu, Nkadimeng Scheme, De Hoop Dam, Moutse Bulk to provide much needed water to communities