NEWLY SWORN IN EXECUTIVE MAYOR CLLR GILBERT MOKOTSO TABLES MAP BUDGET VOTE 2018/2019
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In accordance with the legislative framework and back to basics to build administrative capabilities and sound financial management under the new stewardship of Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso alongside Madam Speaker and all council members tabled the annual budget vote for the financial year 2018/2019 at MAP Council Chamber, Phuthaditjhaba on 28 June 2018.
This year’s budget has been centred more on service delivery as it is at the apex of government to render services to the communities also with encouragement for them to participate in strengthening democracy by honouring the centenary of the late Nelson Mandela which marks a great milestone in South Africa’s liberation. Some of the service delivery priorities and needs of the community that were identified included, vending stations, upgrading and maintenance of roads, provision of water services, infrastructure as well as sanitation. Although the community was rattled by the Municipality being placed under Section 139 (1) (b), Cllr Gilbert Mokotso as he addressed the Council and public was resolute that resources ought to be harnessed to unlock the economic potential that will have a positive impact on the livelihoods of the people of Maluti A Phofung.
Furthermore, Cllr Mokotso mentioned an increase of 6% tariffs on sewage, electricity, water; refuse removal, sanitation, cemeteries and other general tariffs. As the cost of living increases, the municipality has guaranteed that registered indigents will continue to benefit through municipal social package which was initiated by government to assist disadvantaged households with an income below average.
For improved revenue, Cllr Mokotso pleaded with the residents to cooperate with the municipality to pay for services and be agents of change.
In alignment of National Development Plan Vision 2030 to encourage investment, ignite job creation to alleviate poverty and reduce the high unemployment rate through the bequeathed investment of the Special Economic Zone. The municipality’s operating expenditure budget has been planned to be at R2.352 billion in the 2018/2019 financial year.
Following the tabling of budget by Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso, Madam Speaker Cllr Malewatle Nthedi granted the Councillors the opportunity to render remarks. In so doing Cllr Oats rejected the budget, whereas Cllr Mdakane supported the budget as he further mentioned acknowledged that the municipality has key policies in place but with a challenge of implementation. Cllr Moeketsi Lebesa also in support, whom recommended that an Ethics and Governance Committee should be established for monitoring and accountability in the municipality. In closing remarks, Cllr Raphael Mokoena voiced “re le banna le basadi ba rometsweng ke setjhaba kwano re hloka ho etsa se loketseng ho re marangrang a rona a loke”.
BY: KANANELO TSOTETSI