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District municipality estimates water will be restored to Warrenton by June

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Frances Baard District Municipality has estimated that the water supply in Warrenton will be restored by June.

Frances Baard district mayor Unondumisa Buda. Picture: Supplied

FRANCES Baard District Municipality (FBDM) has estimated that the water supply in Warrenton will be restored by June.

The municipality allocated R400 000 from its operation and maintenance budget to assist Magareng Municipality with both the temporary water supply and the replacement of the damaged water pipes.

Warrenton residents have been without a water supply since February 21 after floods caused the pipes to collapse.

FBDM spokesperson Gerline Roman said the contractor appointed by the local municipality was on site to replace the damaged water pipes.

“It is anticipated that the work will be completed no later than June 2,” said Roman.

She added that FBDM conducted an oversight visit to monitor the project with possibilities of providing additional funding to the project.

Delivering the budget speech, Frances Baard district mayor Unondumisa Buda said focus would be placed during the 2023/24 financial year on the operation and maintenance of water, wastewater, electrical, solid waste, roads and stormwater infrastructure.

“Our mandate as the district municipality dictates that we should provide the necessary support to our local municipalities to enable them to improve service delivery in their respective municipal areas. We must double our efforts to provide the necessary technical, financial and administrative support to ensure that we help to turn around the situation at our local municipalities.”

She said each local municipality would receive R1.8 million for infrastructure and R3 million for capital projects.

“R400 000 will be allocated for the maintenance of street lights in our local municipalities.

“To enable the district municipality to assist its local municipalities financially, strict measures were put in place to mitigate the emerging risk of continually depleting the district municipality’s reserves by cutting on non-priority spending such as advertisements, bursaries and training, catering, entertainment, resettlement cost, travel and accommodation, outsource services, sporting activities and music festivals.”

Buda stated that the billing database of Phokwane Municipality would be re-evaluated and an analysis of the infrastructure data conducted at Dikgatlong Municipality during the upcoming financial year.

She added that job opportunities would be created through a brick manufacturing project in Dikgatlong Municipality, a youth entrepreneurship development programme and a maintenance project in Magareng Municipality.

TOTAL BUDGET: R187.8 million

Operational budget: R180.3 million

Capital budget: R7.5 million

Grants and subsidies: R144.3 million

Equitable share: R136.2 million

Finance management grant: R1 million

Rural Asset Management Grant: R2.7 million

EPWP: R959 000

MSIG: R3.2 million

Skills grant: R180 000

Local economic development: R2.18 million

Tourism projects: R1.54 million

Gender-based violence programmes: R169 750

Frances Baard district mayor Unondumisa Buda. Picture: Supplied

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