Need for a strong economy
A SKILLED labour force and a strong economy were needed for government to achieve its mission of service delivery.
Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) political head for local economic development Sibongile Mbotshane, speaking during the IDP roadshow at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex last Tuesday while in the capacity of acting mayor, said while politicians had dreams for the people they led, it took the labour force to implement such dreams.
Mbotshane said the district authority had ensured a healthy environment and also supported small businesses to ensure economic development in the district.
“A municipality should have sound financial management to succeed. The programmes are run with taxpayers’ money and we should be accountable. We have not been in a good audit outcome position but we are committed to changing things for the better.”
There would be no salary increases for the mayoral committee members while ordinary councillors would get a 4% salary hike in the next financial year.
Mbotshane said it was wrong for the municipality to have to depend on grants and therefore people had to pay for services.
He said the current financial situation at CHDM required more money for development.
This had led to the 6% water tariff increase.
Issues raised by community members included that there were no clear plans to support farmers, Molteno water challenges and no support for arts and culture by the district authority.
Others were a lack of monitoring of projects leading to them stalling, no assistance received by disaster victims whose homes had been damaged and that only Komani and Ezibeleni were paying for services while Whittlesea residents received such services for free.
People were required to make written submissions to the municipality for consideration to be included in the IDP within 21 days, starting from last Tuesday.