Council announces tariff rate increases for the year
ALTHOUGH virtually nothing was discussed regarding the draft budget tabled at the latest Ndlambe council meeting (the Tabled Budget), held at the council chambers last Thursday, the tariff increases were presented and agreed by the council.
The figures show an increase in rates of 6.4%, a 6.84% increase on electricity tariffs as per the National Energy Regulator, South Africa (Nersa) guidelines, 5.5% on refuse, 5.5% on sanitation, 5.5% on sewerage, 5.5% on water tariffs and 5.5% on all other tariffs.
The budget is compiled in several stages and this, the tabled budget, after passing through council, acts as the discussion document taken to the various wards and constituencies for comment during the mayoral imbozos.
The final budget for 2018-19 will then be passed by council and implemented.
Still, even given these increases the deficit to the municipality is estimated as R101592 419.00 for operational expenditure. This includes a proposed 8.5% increase in municipal worker wages/salaries. Negotiations on wage rises are ongoing and have been factored into the Tabled Budget.
The capital budget has been reduced to R6000000 and any further capital equipment purchased would have to be done by way of grants.
ALTER EGO: ‘Captain Ndlambe’, Billy Futter, strikes again, completing the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival Marina Mile last Friday
LET’S DO THE CONGA:Dylan de Lange, from Kleinemonde, caught this large conger eel at the Fish River this holiday season
EVERYONE’S A WINNER: Grahamstown pupils on holiday, from left, Michael Stauridis, Jano Griesel, Thomas Stauridis and Danielle Griesel enjoy the prize-giving where all runners in the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival Trail Run won a prize
ALSO SEEN: Sunny Hill and Charlene Middleditch at the launch of the Amanzi Festival
SPORT DUDES: Durban bodyboarders Tegan Coulonvar and Liam Kavenga at the launch of the Amanzi Festival at the Royal St Andrews Hotel last Friday night