Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties urged to spend on MIGs

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

LO­CAL gov­ern­ment MEC Fenny Gao­laolwe said only a pal­try 8% had been spent on mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture grants (MIGs) in the prov­ince for the 2017­18 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.

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