Draft municipal budget and IDP tabled for 2019/2020

Kouga Municipality - logoKouga Municipality’s draft budget and draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the new financial year, starting July, were adopted by the Kouga Council on Friday(29/03/2019).

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the draft documents would now be taken to communities for feedback so that both documents could be finalised in line with legislation and what Kouga communities consider to be the priorities.   

“We’ve tried to keep the proposed tariff increases as low as possible, but there are factors beyond the municipality’s control,” he said.

“This would include, for example, how much Eskom and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro charge us for electricity and water respectively. 

” Municipalities are further compelled by law to cover the cost of delivering basic services through the income for that service.”

In terms of the draft budget the operating revenue for 2019/20 totals R833,972-million. This is an increase of 9,7% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget.

The main revenue sources are basic service delivery(54,75%), property rates (23,81%) and operating grants and subsidies (15,96%).

The operating expenditure for 2019/20 totals R889,468-million, resulting in a budget deficit of R55,496-million. It is a 8,5% increase compared to the 2019/20 Adjustments Budget.  

The main expenditure items are employee-related costs (32,71%), bulk electricity purchases (25,71%) and depreciation (9,57%).  

The proposed tariff increases are:

  • 7,5% for property rates
  • 7,5% for water
  • 8% for sanitation
  • 8% for refuse
  • 5% for the Environmental Management Fee
  • 13, 87% for electricity (average increase in income). 

The draft capital budget for 2019/20 totals R89,932-million, which is a decrease of 57,08% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget. The decrease is mainly due to the allocation of the Water Services Infrastructure Grant to the municipality during the current financial year. 

Capital projects on the draft include R2-million for the acquisition of land for housing projects, a priority identified in the IDP for various communities. 

A further R2-million will be used to purchase wheelie bins for households and R1, 5-million for roads while almost R10-million has been earmarked for the upgrade of sport facilities, with the bulk going to KwaNomzamo.

Also included are upgrades to parks such as Yellowwoods at Hankey, Pellsrus and Kabeljous at Jeffreys Bay and the Cape St Francis Beach. 

Almost R16-million is set to go towards the completion of the Sea Vista Waste Water Works upgrade, R8,7-million for the  KwaNomzamo Waste Water Works and R4, 4-million towards the Patensie sewerage package plant.

A further R2, 3-million will be used for the municipality’s programme to eradicate the bucket system.

Several electricity projects have also been prioritized for the new financial year, including the electrification of houses at Ocean View and Kruisfontein. R1,2 million has also been earmarked for public lights. 

The full list of proposed capital projects can be viewed in the draft document.

 

Municipality to hold community consultation meetings

Kouga Municipality will be holding community consultation meetings in all wards this April to present the draft Integrated Development Plan and draft budget for the new financial year to residents.

The draft documents were adopted by the Kouga Council on Friday (29 March).

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks encouraged all residents and stakeholder groups to attend the meetings. 

“It is an opportunity for citizens to give their input about the proposed tariff increases and the projects that have been earmarked for funding in the upcoming 2019/2020 financial year,” he said. 

“We would also like to make use of the opportunity to discuss the current free water allocation to indigent households, as well as credit control measures that affect prepaid electricity purchases.”

All meetings will start at 18:00.

The meetings will start on 11 April.
Three meetings will take place at the Sea Vista Community Hall (ward 1), Pellsrus Community Hall (ward 2) and the Kruisfontein Babs Hall (ward 4).

  • On 15 April the meetings will move to the Oyster Bay Hall (ward 1), Newton Hall (ward 3) and Kruisfontein Civic Centre (ward 5).
  • On 16 April meetings will be held in a marquee at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall (ward 6), Loerie Community Hall (ward 7) and the Newton Hall (ward 8).
  • On 17 April meetings will take place at the Dan Sandi Hall (ward 10), the Newton Hall (ward 11) and at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club (ward 12).

The next three meetings are scheduled for 23 April. A meeting will be held for Paradise Beach (ward 12) at the Marina Martinique while meetings will also be held at the Tokyo Sexwale Sportsfield (ward 14) and the Humansdorp Country Club (ward 15).

  • On 24 April meetings will be held at the Vusumzi Landu Hall (ward 9), KwaNomzamo’s Faith Mission Church (ward 12) and the Alec Ntantiso Hall (ward 13).
  • The meetings will conclude on 25 April at the Katrina Felix Hall (ward 7), the Vusumzi Landu Hall (ward 13) and the Aston Bay Hall (ward 14).

Queries about the IDP can be directed to the IDP manager, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.zaand about the budget to Budget and Treasury manager Shukree Abrahams at sabrahams@kouga.gov.za or phone 042 200 2200.

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