“Thuma Mina”, Budget for the people
By : Lehlohonolo March
The Executive Mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, Cllr Tshepo Justice Makolamakwa continue to play his role in ensuring that communities are provided quality services by changing the outlook of the financial status of the Municipality.
Makolomakwa during the Council sitting as he presented a 2018/19 Financial year budget of R1,1 Billion to address amongst others backlogs on Water and Sanitation Infrastructure. The tabled budget is inclusive of the R 293m MIG and R 2.5m Rural Transport Services Infrastructure respectively, which Council approved continue to provide an account on how the public purse has been used for the previous financial year, “Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality is determine to build a responsive, caring and accountable Institution that provide quality services to the communities as we join President Matamela Ramaphosa in re-committing to landing a hand, “Thuma Mina” : Makolomakwa emphasised.
The Executive Mayor further reported that:
- “On Service Delivery, the Municipality has put behind all the negative challenges that is faced with, and adhere to the President’s call on the “New Dawn” to speed up service delivery, noting that our MIG Spending to-date is at R123 million which is inclusive of R 64 million spent on the following completed 10 Projects, which are Moshana Water Supply Project; Water Supply Project for Mayaeyane, Sasane, Ditloung and Selosesha in Ratlou Ward 2; Rural Sanitation Project by constructing 285 Ventilated Improved Double Pit Latrines (VIDP in Madibogo Pan Ward 7, Moshawane Ward 4, Mathateng Ward 1, and Mareetsane in Ward 8 and Ward 10), Tlhabologang Waste Water Treatment Plant, Delareyville Waste Water Treatment Plant phase, Setlagole Water Supply phase 1, Makgogwana Water Supply”: said the Executive Mayor
Makolomakwa applauded the work done by PMU for completing planned projects timeously without any litigations.
The Executive Mayor, cautioned Council that the initial allocation of the 2017/18 MIG was R305 million whereby R70 million was off-set due to non-spending, but confirming that contractors are already on site for the five 5 water supply projects; i.e: Ottosdal Bulk water supply project, water reticulation and Yard Connections in Ga-Motlatla, Meetmekaar, Matile 1 and Springbok Pan respectively as a long term solution to eradicate water tankering.
For the financial year 2018/19, the Municipality committed to implement 6 Sanitation Projects and 15 Water Projects across the District.
- “On Local Economic Development and Intervention, a Member of the Mayoral Committee who will play an oversight role in this portfolio in order to achieve the goals set by the National Development Plan 2030 has been appointed and through various interventions created LED, Tourism, EPWP opportunities which has spent approximately R 9m in creating 791 temporary job opportunities through EPWP since 2014 to-date; supported 122 SMME’s, cooperatives, tourism support programmes, sector development programmes, therefore, in promoting Local Economic and Rural Development, the Municipality is committing to put our SMME’s first and ensure that such programmes find expression in our expenditure and other partnership interventions” committed Makolomakwa.
- “On Institutional Capacity, Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality has been without substantial Senior Management since 2014, but we are happy to report that All top six positions are filled with capable and qualified individuals; further acknowledging challenges on the employee related costs as it stands at 41% (39% employees and 02% Councillors) as opposed to the 35% standard norm on salaries. We are in a process to identify critical positions to be filled urgently, notwithstanding the work that we are doing with COGTA on a realistic and affordable organisational structure that will be underpinned by our mandate as a Water and Sanitation Authority” Makolomakwa said
The Executive Mayor, raised a great concern on the Disclaimers received by the Municipality for the past six years, with Auditor General amongst other raising issues on inadequate accounting and auditing skills in some of the components relating to the action plan for example Property Plant & Equipment on Immovable assets amongst others. The Municipality reported that they have developed a credible Audit Action Plan of which the implementation Plan is monitored on weekly basis.
“ I am delighted to inform Council that the Municipality’s creditors list has been reduced by 80%, and the 20% reflecting as outstanding are those debts that are at dispute and litigation since we resume our responsibilities to serve communities in 2014” he said.