KGATELOPELE municipal mayor Norman Prince has urged government to curb wasteful expenditure by putting in place cost containment measures.
During his inaugural budget speech this week, he stated that they had cut costs at the municipality, including catering, travel, consultant fees and special projects.
“The budget presented has undergone rigorous cost-cutting measures to ensure that we only focus on those items that would ensure that we provide services to the community. Our day-to-day operational costs have been narrowed down to essential, key services,” Prince said.
He stated that the total capital budget of
R95 713 000 would go towards improving infrastructure and service delivery including upgrading of the waste water treatment works, refurbishment of water service infrastructure, extension of cemeteries and the creation of jobs.
“The maintenance of infrastructure has pushed up our rates and tariff increases to 6.4 percent for all other services and 1.8 percent for electricity. This is to ensure the sustainable provision of services to the community and the increase is in line with the guidelines.”
He added that the tariff increases were unavoidable. “One has to be realistic when dealing with electricity increases, petrol price increases and fixed costs increases that cannot be avoided.
“As mayor I will commit myself to ensure that every rand is stretched and that we do more with less. Productivity of our workforce and operational efficiency will be top of the agenda.”
Prince added that local procurement of goods and services would be prioritised, where construction and mining contractors would have to subcontract 30 percent of the construction value to a local contractor. “There are also some of our local SMMEs who may be in a position to render waste collection services currently being provided by a service provider in Johannesburg.”
He pointed out that Coghsta and the municipality had commissioned a second phase of investigating alternative suitable land for development.
“Due to the dolomite state of our area it constrains our response to land settlement and other social needs such as churches. The outcome of the study is expected around October and will be shared with our communities.”