[INFOGRAPHIC] – State of the City Address: Budget to focus on water issues

POLOKWANE – She was joined by councillors, traditional leaders and other stakeholders at Fusion Boutique Hotel for the address. About the issue of water provision in the city, she said the municipality will continue to seek innovative solutions to the issue.

Polokwane Mayor, Thembi Nkadimeng (front centre) with some of the traditional leaders at the State of the City Address last Tuesday.

Nkadimeng added plans for road maintenance and other critical infrastructure as well as the implementation of a comprehensive transport system – the Leeto la Polokwane – are underway.

In the 2017/18 financial year, the municipality has allocated a budget of R1,3 billion for service delivery such as water, electricity, sanitation. The underprivileged and poor within the municipality will be subsidised on all key services as per the budget.

The budget allocation is as follows:

In addition to the supply of basic services to rural areas, the urban indigent package will include:

• R100 000 of the market value of the property excluded from assessment rates, as mentioned above.

With regard to the engineering services, Nkadimeng said a programme, with a R375 million budget through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant, to improve access to water through the implementation of capital projects in 14 regional water schemes was introduced and used in the 2016/17 financial year.

Lepelle Northern Water has started with designs for the upgrading of the Ebenezer and Olifantspoort water schemes. The construction process will take two to three years after approval.

Three contractors have been appointed to replace the pipes in the CBD, Seshego and Annadale at a combined cost of R540 million from the Regional Infrastructure Grant and own revenue.

“Job creation and social employment initiatives remain at the top of our priorities as we continue to create job opportunities for our youth and previously disadvantaged in the community,” Nkadimeng said.

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