Slight adjustments were made to the 2017/2018 mid-term budget at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s council meeting on Tuesday this week.
By law, municipalities must, by January 25, assess the performance of the municipality during the first half of the financial year.
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This included making changes to the budget, where necessary, to ensure it was implemented correctly.
More than R1-billion was approved by council for pothole repairs, road infrastructure, and various other projects.
Several challenges on budget implementation were picked up, such as poor debt collection, under-recovery of revenue billed, and delay on municipal infrastructure grant projects which slowed down capital expenditure.
However, the treasury department had noted plans to correct these.
The total mid-term budget was made up of an operating budget of R889-million and a capital budget of R142-million.
Some R29-million was set aside for pothole repairs and maintenance, while R15-million was earmarked for road rehabilitation programmes and R140-million was allocated to projects in different clusters within the municipality.
Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu told council that the adjustments were made due to a number of reasons, including the recent amalgamation processes, provision for salaries, bulk purchases and contracted services.
Mayor Mqwebu also noted that the recent electricity tariff hikes would have an impact on consumers, and highlighted the need to fill critical vacant posts at the municipality.
“Despite current challenges in the economy, the municipality has to ensure that the lives of ordinary community members are changed for the better,” she said.
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