Beit­bridge adopts $6,1 mil­lion bud­get

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/ Obituary - Thu­peyo Mu­leya Beit­bridge Bu­reau

BEIT­BRIDGE Town Coun­cil has adopted a $6, 1 mil­lion bud­get for 2017 that will see rates re­main­ing un­changed.

Pre­sent­ing the bud­get state­ment dur­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day evening, Fi­nance and Au­dit Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Coun­cil­lor Sarudzai Moyo, said a large chunk of the bud­get would be used on cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

She said they were an­tic­i­pat­ing an in­come of $6, 1 86, 616 and a to­tal ex­pen­di­ture of $6, 178,687.

Cllr Moyo said they were wor­ried that their rev­enue col­lec­tion rate was low at 40 per­cent.

“It is sad that our col­lec­tion rate stands at 40 per­cent at a time when we are ex­pected to de­liver world class ser­vices. We want to urge res­i­dents and all those who owe us to pay up their bills so that we can run a very vi­brant and vi­able coun­cil,” she said.

Cllr Moyo said they had since en­gaged lawyers to try and re­cover money they were owed.

She said part of the money in next year’s bud­get would be chan­nelled to­wards ma­jor projects in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of a new bus ter­mi­nus and a lab­o­ra­tory at Vhembe High School, pro­cure­ment of earth mov­ing equip­ment, con­struc­tion of a coun­cil work­shop and set­ting up of mod­ern flea mar­ket stalls.

fire. By the time the fire had blocked the area around the gate mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the de­ceased to pass through and she was trapped,” he said.

The granny’s death comes three weeks af­ter a two year old boy was burnt to death when he had been left alone sleep­ing at home in Gokwe.

A veld­fire ap­proached their homestead and con­sumed a bed­room hut in which he was sleep­ing, re­duc­ing his body to ashes.— @patiemt­siwi.

Other pro­posed projects are the up­grad­ing of Dulibadz­imu Sta­dium, set­ting up a satel­lite clinic in the Garikayi area, public light­ing, putting up pre­paid water me­ters, road main­te­nance works among oth­ers.

“The cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture is $1,436, 818 which is 23 per­cent of the to­tal ex­pen­di­ture, while our re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture is $4, 741, 869. This in­cludes staff salaries of $1,832,080 and that con­sti­tutes 30 per­cent of our to­tal ex­pen­di­ture,” said Cllr Moyo.

Speak­ing dur­ing the same meet­ing, town sec­re­tary Mr Loud Ra­mak­gap­ola said they had since writ­ten to Govern­ment seek­ing author­ity to take over the run­ning of water af­fairs from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Water Author­ity.

He said the move would go a long way in ad­dress­ing the town’s peren­nial water woes.

“We have writ­ten to our par­ent min­istry re­quest­ing that we be al­lowed to run our water af­fairs, a task which is cur­rently be­ing car­ried out by Zinwa.

“You will note that Zinwa says we owe them $12 mil­lion ac­cru­ing from Septem­ber 2014 and this has af­fected water sup­plies to the town. In some cases they bill us for the water which is be­ing lost be­fore get­ting to us and the house­holds,” Mr Ra­mak­gap­ola said.

He said the lo­cal author­ity was owed a to­tal of $9 mil­lion by res­i­dents in un­paid water bills.

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