PRESS RELEASE BY UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY:
Municipal council on Thursday approved the final draft budget that was tabled before a convened virtual council meeting.
The approval of this budget for the upcoming financial year signals council’s commitment in rapidly responding to the service delivery imperative of water and sanitation services in the district.
Council has approved a total budget of about R1,5billion for the financial year 2020/21 with an allocation of R1.2billion to operational budget and a capital budget allocation of more than R267million.
In presenting this budget before council, the acting mayor Cllr Phumlile Mthiyane indicated before council that, “This draft budget is seeking to strike a balance between on-going service delivery imperatives of water and sanitation services while also responding to the developmental challenges confronting our district. And the tabling of this budget also takes place at a time when our country is facing tough economic times compounded by the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19”.
With the main focus of this budget being on the core municipal function of water and sanitation services, major projects of water and sanitation will be implemented across the district to ensure security of water supply in the district with a specific focus on industrial areas in order to boost economic growth in the district. And an allocation of more than R140 million has been made towards the maintenance and repairs of municipal infrastructure.
A tariff increment of 8% for water and sanitation services has been approved and will be levied to all our consumers with effect from the 1st of July 2020.
ISSUED BY: UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
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