CDM Mayor pledges to use R949 mil­lion budget to un­lock ser­vice de­liv­ery

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CAPRICORN District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CDM) Mayor John Mpe has un­veiled his R949 mil­lion budget, promis­ing to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects, un­lock ser­vice de­liv­ery bot­tle­necks and ex­pe­dite wa­ter sup­ply.

De­liv­er­ing his State of the District Ad­dress (SODA) at Manaileng Sports Ground in Ga-Rafiri, Zebe­diela, Lim­popo last week Fri­day, Mpe pledged to spend 87% of his mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture – or more than R600 mil­lion - on the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter to re­duce ser­vice de­liv­ery back­log.

He also promised to elec­trify vil­lages that are still with­out elec­tric­ity, ac­cel­er­ate the de­liv­ery of san­i­ta­tion pro­jects and up­grade roads to boost eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the district.

Capricorn is the most de­vel­oped and ur­ban re­gion in Lim­popo. It is home to the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Polok­wane. How­ever, the district has been plagued by ser­vice de­liv­ery chal­lenges such as lack of wa­ter and roads es­pe­cially in the Le­pelle-Nkumpi and Blou­berg Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Some of its res­i­dents are still bat­tling poverty and un­em­ploy­ment.

“We there­fore re­main re­spon­sive to the need to in­vest in the pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture for a bet­ter life for all. This ex­plains why much of our budget pro­jected for the MTREF pe­riod will mainly be used for key in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects and deal­ing at length with some of the bot­tle­necks im­pact­ing on ac­cel­er­ated ser­vice de­liv­ery,” Mpe said.

“Chal­lenges such as age­ing in­fra­struc­ture, wa­ter scarcity, 80% of our district pop­u­la­tion that de­pends on ground wa­ter source, and the grow­ing pat­terns of our vil­lages con­tinue to cause the im­bal­ance be­tween wa­ter de­mand and wa­ter sup­ply.”

In his speech, de­liv­ered mo­ments af­ter the Capricorn District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s (CDM) coun­cil adopted the In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plan (IDP) and budget for 2018/2019 fi­nan­cial year, Mpe vowed to com­plete multi-mil­lion wa­ter and road pro­jects in the area.

“We are go­ing to spend R299 mil­lion to com­plete wa­ter pro­jects in 15 vil­lages to ben­e­fit 39 307 peo­ple,” Mpe said.

“This spe­cial oc­ca­sion gives us an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pro­pri­ately re­spond to cen­tral ques­tions in the minds of our peo­ple as to what we are do­ing as mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Capricorn district to lift from their shoul­ders, the in­tol­er­a­ble bur­den of un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and in­equal­i­ties,” he con­tin­ued.

Among oth­ers, he promised to im­ple­ment the fol­low­ing pro­jects:

·R299 mil­lion for wa­ter pro­jects in Le­pelle-Nkumpi to ben­e­fit 39 307 res­i­dents in 15 vil­lages;

· R168 mil­lion wa­ter pro­jects in Blou­berg to ben­e­fit 4 954 house­holds;

· R48 mil­lion wa­ter pro­jects in Mole­mole to up­lift 2 387 house­holds;

· Mil­lions of rands wa­ter pro­jects in Polok­wane;

·R21 mil­lion san­i­ta­tion pro­jects.

On main­te­nance of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, Mpe vowed to re­place old wa­ter pipes, re­cruit me­ter read­ers and en­sure qual­ity work­man­ship by con­trac­tors do­ing busi­ness with CDM.

He said his mu­nic­i­pal­ity had be­gun re­plac­ing old pipes in Le­bowak­gomo to the tune of R5 mil­lion.More than R100 mil­lion has been set aside to ad­dress wa­ter bursts and leaks, Mpe added.

The re­fur­bish­ment of the Le­bowak­gomo Treat­ment Plant has been com­pleted at a cost of R16 mil­lion, he said, while R21 mil­lion would be spent on san­i­ta­tion pro­jects alone.

He said al­most 10 000 house­holds will be elec­tri­fied in the next fi­nan­cial year as part of ef­forts to con­nect 11% of CDM house­holds that are still un­con­nected to the grid.

Mpe, who is also ANC chair­per­son in the Peter Mok­aba re­gion, also said that Eskom had planned to roll out 56 elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­jects in the district.

Eight of the pro­jects will be rolled out in Blou­berg for the ben­e­fit of 436 house­holds, 34 in Polok­wane for the ben­e­fit of 6 111 house­holds and 10 in Le­pelle-Nkumpi elec­tri­fy­ing 744 homes.

At least 337 house­holds will ben­e­fit from pro­jects in the Mole­mole Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“These pro­grammes that I have out­lined will be funded by a to­tal budget of R949 mil­lion, which com­prises of R251m for cap­i­tal budget and R752m for op­er­at­ing budget, which rep­re­sents a 76/24 ra­tio,” Mpe said.

He stressed that sta­te­owned com­pany Roads Agency Lim­popo had made a com­mit­ment to up­grade roads in the district.

Mpe vowed to spend mil­lions on the up­grade or con­struc­tion of fire sta­tions in Mole­mole, Blou­berg and Aganang clus­ter.

On the eco­nomic front, the mayor said he would spend R14 mil­lion on lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

“We be­lieve this budget will ad­dress the ser­vice de­liv­ery man­date for the new fi­nan­cial in line with the 6 Key Per­for­mance Ar­eas (KPA’s) of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Strate­gic Agenda so we can take our district on a tra­jec­tory of pros­per­ity and re­alise the prom­ise of a New Dawn – which is an era of hope, evoked by Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, in­spired by the spirit of Thuma Mina dur­ing his State of the Na­tion Ad­dress.”

Capro­crn District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CDM) Mayor John Mpe de­liv­er­ing his State of the district ad­dress.

Pictures: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/ Visu­alBuzz SA

Guest af­ter ar­riv­ing at the State of the District Ad­dress

CDM of­fi­cials await­ing the speach by Mayor John Mpe at the SODA.

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