Municipalities urged to spend on MIGs
LOCAL government MEC Fenny Gaolaolwe said only a paltry 8% had been spent on municipal infrastructure grants (MIGs) in the province for the 2017-18 financial year.
Out of the R1.8bn allocation, only a combined R147m had so far been spent.
Addressing mayors and municipal managers at a meeting in Rustenburg, Gaolaolwe said council leadership should double efforts to ensure MIGs were spent.
Gaolaolwe said at the centre of the poor expenditure of MIG allocations by municipalities were late appointments of contractors, re-prioritisation of projects, late submissions of project registration, non-compliance on submission of contractual documentation and poor planning by municipalities.
She further called on mayors to ensure the MIG was spent in line with the provisions of the MIG formula and framework as guided by the policy.
The policy provides that 75% of allocation must be spent on water services, roads and storm water, 15% of allocation must be on community facilities, multipurpose halls, fencing, libraries and that 5% of the allocation must be on new, rehabilitated and municipal bulk, connector and internal municipal infrastructure.
“In order to nip this in the bud, I will be signing performance contracts with mayors. It is worrying that municipalities are unable to spend on infrastructure and as the provincial government, we cannot allow the situation to continue. Water is a basic need and municipalities should at least prioritise water and sanitation projects,” Gaolaolwe said.