Joburg Bud­get en­dorsed

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg’ s R 59- bil­lion bud­get was fi­nally ap­proved by the city’ s coun­cil on Tues­day af­ter hav­ing been re­jected twice in the past two weeks by op­po­si­tion par­ties claim­ing it was anti-poor.

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Coun­cil passed the multi-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s Op­er­a­tional and Cap­i­tal Bud­gets and In­te­grated Devel­op­ment Plan (IDP) for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year in full com­pli­ance with the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act. This is the sec­ond bud­get passed un­der the com­bined lead­er­ship of the DA, IFP, ACDP, UDM, COPE and VF+, with the sup­port of the EFF, as well as the AIC who chose to sup­port this bud­get.

Af­ter en­gage­ment between po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Coun­cil over the past few weeks, an ap­proach was taken to re­duce the tar­iffs for wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. By so do­ing, Coun­cil has achieved a car­ing and sen­si­tive ap­proach to house­hold in­come which is un­der strain from var­i­ous de­ci­sions of Na­tional and Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment.

Equally the tar­iffs ap­proved will en­able the City to gen­er­ate its rev­enue that will drive the fun­da­men­tal change – Diphetogo - to Jo­han­nes­burg com­mu­ni­ties.

The Diphetogo project, at its core means real trans­for­ma­tional change, and pri­ori­tises in­vest­ment in the ser­vice delivery back­logs that plague our com­mu­ni­ties.

“We have taken the de­ci­sion to de­pri­ori­tise the non-es­sen­tial el­e­ments, cut un­neces- sary ex­pen­di­ture and re-di­rected these sav­ings to bat­tle our ser­vice delivery in­fra­struc­ture back­log,” said Cllr Mashaba. The Mayor high­lighted some of the key plans in the bud­get which in­clude:

•2018/19 sees the largest share of the cap­i­tal bud­get for roads, trans­port, hous­ing, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter, go­ing up from 54% in 2016/17 to 69% in 2018/19.

•R120 mil­lion to site and ser­vice schemes, dou­ble the pre­vi­ous year ’s al­lo­ca­tion, to pro­vide ser­viced sites onto which ben­e­fi­cia­ries can be set­tled with full own­er­ship;

•R50 mil­lion has been set aside for the up­grad­ing of In­ner City emer­gency hous­ing and rental stock.

•R46 mil­lion has been set aside for the ac­qui­si­tion of build­ings in the in­ner city for the pur­pose of cre­at­ing affordable hous­ing for res­i­dents.

•R117 mil­lion for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of in­for­mal set­tle­ments

“Through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­posed tar­iff in­creases, we will work harder to im­prove ac­cess to qual­ity wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, san­i­ta­tion and refuse services in our city.

“I am pleased that through our coali­tion gov­ern­ment work­ing to­gether, we are able to bring a di­ver­sity of views to the table and con­vert it into pro-ac­tive so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges our res­i­dents face. “To­gether, and fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive public con­sul­ta­tion, we were able to con­struct a bud­get that will en­sure Diphetogo when im­ple­ment­edFor the first time, this public con­sul­ta­tion was split into a lis­ten­ing tour of the City in Oc­to­ber 2017, fol­lowed by en­gage­ments with the draft bud­get in April and May 2018.

“Over 9500 res­i­dents formed part of the IDP out­reach process, with the City re­ceiv­ing close to 3500 writ­ten and electronic sub­mis­sions. I would like to thank our coali­tion part­ners, the IFP, ACDP, UDM, COPE and the VF+ for their devel­op­ment and sup­port for this bud­get.

“I would also like to thank my own cau­cus for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port and ded­i­cated hard work; and the EFF for their vig­or­ous en­gage­ment with our ad­min­is­tra­tion. “I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the AIC, who has bro­ken ranks with the ANC and sup­ported this bud­get as a tes­ta­ment to their commitment to change in Jo­han­nes­burg. “While the ap­proval of this bud­get & IDP is an im­por­tant mile­stone for the res­i­dents of this ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as the res­i­dents of this City, what re­ally mat­ters is how well we im­ple­ment our bud­get.

“This is the bud­get that will be­gin the largescale turn­around of Jo­han­nes­burg and place gov­ern­ment at the ser­vice of our peo­ple,”ple,” Mashaba con­cluded.

MMC of Fi­nance Cllr Fun­zela Ngob­eni

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