KOUGAKouga Municipality’s draft budget for the 2024/2025 financial year, was approved by Council on Tuesday, 27 February 2024, during an Ordinary Council Meeting.

The total operating revenue has increased by R95,210 million (7.34%), compared from R1,297 billion to R1,393 billion to the 2023/2024 adjustment budget.

Total Operating Expenditure

The total operating expenditure for the 2024/2025 financial year amounts to R1,506 billion, resulting in a budgeted deficit of R113,048 million. Compared to the 2023/2024 adjustment budget, operational expenditure increased by 4.79% in the 2024/2025 budget.

The capital budget reflects a decrease R45,733 (33.13%) compared to the 2023/2024 adjustment budget.

“Through this draft budget, we are advancing towards our four primary objectives, which are enhancing our Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW), road repairs, decreasing dependence on Eskom, and improving customer satisfaction,” said Bornman.

Key Capital Projects

He highlighted key capital projects, including allocating R34 million to bolster Kouga’s fleet for better basic service delivery efficiency, and directing a total of just more than R29 million to the essential upgrade of the KwaNomzamo WWTW.

Other projects in the pipeline entail electrifying Ocean View (1 250 housing project) at nearly R4 million, installing extra boreholes in St Francis Bay consisting nearly R7 million, upgrading water supply infrastructure exceeding R3 million, and enhancing the beach sewer pump station at R1.2 million.

Additionally plans include improving the Phillipsville Sportfield (R500 000), upgrading of gravel roads (R28,9 million over the next 3 years), and upgrading the Loerie Sewer Pump Station (R150 000).

An amount of R145,976 million (66.84%) of total repairs and maintenance will be spent on infrastructure assets, including community facilities and sport and recreation facilities.

Bornman noted that the draft budget aligns with the key priorities outlined in the draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) that was approved by Council on Tuesday, 27 February 2024, during an Ordinary Council Meeting.

Residents will be able to provide input on the IDP within the next few weeks.