Stakeholders from the business sector and academic institutions in Capricorn district gathered at Limpopo Guest Manor in the city last Wednesday evening to be consulted on Capricorn District Municipality’s (CDM) 2017/18 Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget.
The session was one of a series of consultative meetings with all the stakeholders in CDM’s area of jurisdiction and will culminate in the tabling of the final IDP/Budget during the council meeting that is scheduled for 26 May.
CDM Executive Mayor John Mpe took the podium and alluded to the municipality’s mission: “To provide quality services in a cost effective and efficient manner through competent people, partnerships and information and knowledge management, creating sustainability of economic development in the interest of all stakeholders”.
Mpe stated that the district has a population of 1 330 436, consisting of 378 301 households. The youth population is 38% and 84% of the people speak Sepedi. The district’s unemployment rate is estimated at 37,1% and 49% of the households are female-headed. The HIV/Aids prevalence is 18,6% and the dependency rate is 64%.
According to Mpe, the broad challenges faced by the district are the ageing state of infrastructure, high unemployment and poverty levels, low education and skills levels, lack of water and high dependency on ground water sources.
Unresolved land claims, unplanned and scattered settlements and urban sprawl, poorly integrated human settlements, over reliance on government grants, insufficient budget versus prioritisation and lack of integration with planning of other sectors are further challenges.
For the 2017/18 financial year that starts on 1 July, CDM intends to spend R714 301 000 on operational expenses, opposed to the current year’s estimated spending of R649 465 068. Capital projects for 2017/18 will amount to R229 349 000, while the expected spending on capital projects for the current year is estimated at R310 310 467. The total income and expenditure for 2017/18 is estimated at R943 650 000.
The operational budget is funded through equitable shares that replaced the Regional Services Council (RSC) levies, grants, interest on investments and sundry income such as water sales, while the funds for capital works are sourced from equitable shares and the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG).
Mpe expressed the wish that all stakeholders will work together with CDM to make the district the home of excellence and opportunities for a better life.
Story, photos & video: BARRY VILJOEN