MEDIA STATEMENT BY UMDONI MUNICIPALITY:
The 2019/2020 service delivery financial year for Umdoni Municipality will prioritize the eradication of service delivery backlogs and the rehabilitation of the deteriorating infrastructure throughout all 19 wards of this locality.
This pronouncement was made by the Mayor, Cllr Thabani Dube during his budget speech at the sitting of Umdoni Council on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 where the people-centred service delivery budget of R356 Million was adopted. Service delivery projects will be funded by a capital budget of R44.1 Million and the operational programmes aided by a budget of R312.4 Million.
The Municipality has identified major projects to be catered for by the capital allocation which include the electrification of households and infills, construction of community halls and sports fields, the implementation of rural housing projects in Amandawe (Wards 14, 16 and 17), Vulamehlo (Wards 1 and 2) and Amahlongwa (Wards 16 and 18) and the upgrading of rural roads.
Over and the above these projects, equal attention will be given to the maintenance of streetlights, roads, verge, community and beach facilities amongst others.
The expansion of Umdoni following the amalgamation with the erstwhile Vulamehlo Municipality has led to the growth of service demands which contend with limited resources. And while the municipality is conscious of these challenges, it vows to soldier on and continue with its never-ending efforts to reach a 100 percent coverage of access to basic services in Umdoni through the maximum utilisation service delivery budget.
The municipal rates have been reviewed to reflect the current market rates and the cost incurred in providing the service in order for the municipality to recover the expenditure incurred. Tariffs are at 5%, service charges at 3% and rental facilities at 2%.
Umdoni’s s key focus is that of accelerating service delivery to its communities and is determined to overcome whatever challenges we encounter in pursuit of this course.
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