Metsimaholo Municipality approves a budget of over R1, 5 billion

Metsimaholo Local Municipality has approved a budget of over just R1,5 billion for the financial year 2020/2021 which runs from July 2019 to June next year.

Tabling the budget at the sitting of the Municipal Council on 26 June 2020, Excutive Mayor Lindiwe Tshongwe said this comes against a backdrop of an increasingly dire economic situation in the country due to the Coronavirus which has disrupted not only lives, but also the health and economic systems. Metsimaholo Local Municipality was not immune to this situation.

“However, as Metsimaholo we remain committed to ensure that basic services such as water and electricity are delivered to our people,” the Executive Mayor promised.

For the financial year, the operating revenue of Metsimaholo Local Municipality amounts to 1,522 billion rand, and it set to increase over the medium term to 1, 673 billion rand in 2022/2023.

“Based on the aforementioned figures, it is evident that our Operating Revenue has increased by 3.2 percent or 47 million rand for the 2020/2021 financial year compared to the 2019/2020 financial year” said Tshongwe.

She explained that priority projects that will be rolling out in the 2020/2021  financial year, among others,  include the construction of a two-kilometer road in Ward 3, Refengkgotso, upgrading of Waste Water Treatment Works in Ward 5, Oranjeville and installation of new water pipes in Zamdela.

The free basic services programme currently supports more than 13 thousand indigent households with 6 kiloliters free water, 50 kilowatt free electricity, free sanitation and free waste removal, as well as a 50 rand subsidy on property rates.

On Integrated National Electrification programme the Department of Energy has allocated an amount of 60.8 million rand and this allocation of money will mainly be utilized for the installation of bulk electricity supply services and also electricity connections at Themba Khubeka in Refengkgotso.

The Executive Mayor further mentioned the following projects planned for the new financial year:

• Sports Complex in Refengkgotso for an amount of R5.6 million rand.

• Water Treatment Works in Oranjeville for R59.8 million rand.

• Completion of installation of 12 High mast lights in Amelia.

• Sanitation and yard connections in Gortin for an amount of R35 million rand.

• Purchasing of landfill site for an amount of R4.3 million.