Street lights, street names, maintenance of sports facilities and roads, shacks removal and provision of traffic lights are some of the main priorities for stakeholders in the more established suburbs of the City Cluster of Polokwane Municipality. In the developing extensions, the emphasis is on water and sanitation, electricity, roads, mobile clinics and street lights.
This became apparent on Thursday evening when the municipality conducted one of a series of consultative meetings wherein the 2017/18 Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget were highlighted at the Jack Botes Hall.
Opening the meeting, Executive Mayor Thembi Nkadimeng welcomed guests and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to engage with residents and stakeholders on the two primary mechanisms that inform all the municipality’s projects and activities, namely the IDP and the budget.
The municipality’s acting Chief Financial Officer Naazim Essa summarised the Draft Budget and indicated that an increase of 10% in tariffs and service fees should be expected for the next financial year that starts on 1 July. Good news for indigent households is that an amount of R55 million has been proposed for indigent support.
The first 6 kiloliter water, 100 kWh electricity and all refuse and sewer will be free for households with a combined income that does not exceed R3 500, child headed families and qualifying people with disabilities.
The municipality will further grant 80% rebates to owners of residential properties who depend on pensions or social grants, provided that the household’s income does not exceed R8 300.
Engineering Services Director of the municipality, Nditsheni Sikhauli took the stage and informed the meeting of the status of some of the city’s infrastructure projects such as the Integrated Rapid Public Transport System (IRPTS) and the replacing of the city’s outdated water supply infrastructure that are in progress and alluded to new projects that are contained in the IDP. The stakeholders were then afforded an opportunity to break away in wards led by the respective Ward councillors and discuss the specific needs of their areas.
The City Cluster consists of Wards 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 39 and includes Ward 08 that is formed by Extensions 40, 44, 44A, 44B, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78/ Disteneng and 78A.
The other six clusters in the municipality are the Seshego, Mankweng, Molepo/Chuene/Maja, Sebayeng/Dikgale, Moletjie and Aganang clusters.
Story & photos: BARRY VILJOEN