Need for a strong econ­omy

The Rep - - NEWS - ZOLILE MENZELWA

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.

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