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R45bn budget adopted

ROMITA HANUMAN ETHEKWINI Municipality remains committed to ensuring efficient and effective service delivery and this was outlined in the R45 billion budget for the 2017/18 financial year adopted by Council on 31 May. The total budget for the 2017/18 financial year consists of an operating budget of R37.5bn and a capital budget of R7.5bn. Tabling the draft budget, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said: ?This budget will respond to poverty, unemployment, inequalities and underdevelopment. It will also respond to issues that are affecting our people who are living in townships, rural areas, backroom dwellings, hostel dwellings, informal settlements andz the homeless.? Following on the promises she made during her inaugural speech in August last year, Mayor Gumede and Council took the draft Deputy City Manager for Treasury Krish Kumar, Mayor Zandile Gumede, City Manager Sipho Nzuza and Head of Expenditure Sandile Mnguni were elated after the R45 billion budget for the 2017/18 financial year was passed by Council on 31 May. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE budget and Integrated Development Plan to communities to ensure thorough consultation. Budget hearings were held in all 110 wards together with 6 regional hearings as well as sector and forum hearings with business, traditional leadership and other stakeholders. ?Through these engagements we have taken into consideration the concerns and needs of the communities and as such we have increased the block sum from R266 million to R990 million over the Medium Term Revenue Expenditure Framework,? said Mayor Gumede. This block sum will be used to address concerns relating to pedestrian bridges, traffic calming measures, health hazards, sidewalks, passages and other critical issues, especially in underdeveloped areas. Mayor Gumede also said that the 2017/18 budget is a major driver of radical economic transformation. ?There are two pillars that Council?s radical economic transformation are built on. The first is the economic growth and transformation in the ownership and control of productive assets in the economy. The second is the delivery of basic services, housing and social goods to business and poor communities. The intention is that radical economic transformation will being about transformation and inclusive growth.? Although the budget has been developed under tough fiscal circumstances, the tariff increases have been set with affordability and sustainability in mind. The increases are as follows: Rates: 6.9% on average Electricity: 1.88% Domestic water consumers: 15% Business water consumers: 17% Refuse removal: 9.9% Sanitation: 9.9%

City subcontractors to benefit from Radical Economic Transformation Framework

SILINDILE MALULEKA ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has announced that subcontractors will benefit from the inclusive Radical Economic Transformation Framework through the Municipality?s electricity service delivery projects. Mayor Gumede led a high-powered delegation to the Springfield Electricity Training Centre on 29 May to meet electricity subcontractors. She said the Municipality will now inform main contractors which subcontractors are to be utilised for projects through consultation with relevant stakeholders. This would be a different approach unlike before where the appointment of a subcontractor was the sole responsibility of a main contractor. The Municipality will create a database for electricity subcontractors and ensure that they receive competency training for growth and development. This initiative will assist in addressing unemployment, inequality and poverty. A team from the Municipal Electricity Unit, Supply Chain Management Unit, Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit has been established to ensure empowerment and training for subcontractors.


Mayor Zandile Gumede flanked by electricity subcontractors who were elated after being informed of a database that will enable them to be officially recognised by the Municipality. This team is responsible for facilitating and coordinating


requests for training so that all service providers

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obtain the necessary competencies. Mayor Gumede said when the main contractor was responsible for subcontracting appointments, it hindered growth for subcontractors. ?The risk associated with that approach is that certain entities have been operating as subcontractors for many years. The procurement opportunities were then ring-fenced for certain contractors. This has created monopoly in the market such that when tenders are advertised the outcomes were easily predicted,? she said. Explaining the initiative, Mayor Gumede said

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it came about after a growing concern about the lack of tangible economic empowerment of communities within eThekwini. ?Of major concern is that residents are not economically benefitting from infrastructure development projects that are being undertaken in their wards. This has led to the proliferation of pressure groups that have on a number of occasions stopped on-going projects in the various parts of the Municipality,? she said. REGISTER BY


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