Joburg ta­bles a R59 bil­lion bud­get

R50 mil­lion has also been set aside for the up­grad­ing of In­ner City emer­gency hous­ing and rental stock.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg has tabled a R59 bil­lion bud­get for the 2018/2019 fi­nan­cial year, say­ing it will be pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to ser­vice de­liv­ery and in­fra­struc­ture is­sues. MMC for Fi­nance Fun­zela Ngob­eni tabled the bud­get in the Jo­han­nes­burg coun­cil on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Ngob­eni says gov­ern­ment agrees there needs to be more ur­gency in ad­dress­ing back­logs in in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity, water, san­i­ta­tion and refuse re­moval.

The city re­lies on rais­ing rev­enue, so for this fi­nan­cial year, while res­i­dents will see an elec­tric­ity tar­iff hike of about 7%, City Power has been al­lo­cated R1 bil­lion to deal with main­te­nance is­sues and to en­sure more ar­eas have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.

Joburg Water is re­ceiv­ing R10.6 bil­lion in op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture and the bud­get for Metrobus in­creases by 6.8% to R717 mil­lion, in line with the in­crease in rev­enue. Ngob­eni says while the billing cri­sis has been com­plex, he’s happy to an­nounce that data man­age­ment has im­proved with a 99% match be­tween the deeds of­fice and its gen­eral val­u­a­tion roll.

Ngob­eni high­lighted that the City seeks to im­prove

the lives of the poor. He hailed the multi-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment which has suc­ceeded in de­liv­er­ing 5 145 ti­tle deeds to the res­i­dents of Jo­han­nes­burg, giv­ing over 5 200 of the poor­est res­i­dents the dig­nity of home own­er­ship. R50 mil­lion has also...

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