A people’s friendly budget indeed!

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope captured with traditional leaders shortly after her Budget Speech. The traditional leaders are from left to right: Thovhele Elon Manezhe, Headman Solomon Nduvheni, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema, Thovhele Vuzidzhena Nethengwe and Thovhele William Mutele. Mayor Mihloti Muhlope captured with traditional leaders shortly after her Budget Speech. The traditional leaders are from left to right: Thovhele Elon Manezhe, Headman Solomon Nduvheni, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema, Thovhele Vuzidzhena Nethengwe and Thovhele William Mutele.

Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope issued a strong warning to councilors and officials who engage in corrupt activities, nepotism and abuse of power. “Anyone found guilty of such offences will be subjected to the strongest disciplinary action. As Musina Municipality, we pride ourselves with clean administration in order to enhance efficient service delivery to our people.” 

Muhlope was addressing traditional leaders, representatives of stakeholders and invited guests during her 2017 / 2018 State of the Municipality Address (Budget Speech) at Madimbo Community Hall, Ward 8.

She said the municipality remain committed to the realization of the five Key Performance Areas which include Good Governance and Public Participation, Municipal Transformation and Organizational Development, Basic Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Local Economic Development and Municipal Financial Viability and Management. “It is a pleasure to announce that our latest audit report from the Auditor General is unqualified. Unqualified Audit Opinion is when the Auditor General concludes that financial records and statements are fairly and appropriately presented, and in accordance with Generally Recognized Accounting Principles. We are on course to achieve the targets set out in the Operation Clean Audit.”

When giving a service delivery report summary, Muhlope said there are investments which are playing a major role in consolidating the economic backbone of the municipality. “This include the extension of Musina Mall, construction of the N1 by-pass, Venetia Mine underground exploration, Musina Special Economic Zone, Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park, Nwanedi Agri Park, to name but a few. Other sectors that are bringing in investors into our municipality include agriculture, construction, trade, transport and tourism. All these investments have created thousands of jobs to our local people.”

She said despite successes, the municipality has some challenges that are being addressed. “We are unable to provide some of the services due to the high number of consumer debtors which stands R44,8million. We are continuously engaging defaulting community members to understand the value of paying for the services they get from the municipality. The Eskom debt, which now stands at R115million, has been a cause of concern for Council. However, we have entered into a repayment plan with the power utility to make sure that we settle the debt as speedily as possible.”

She added that the municipality is currently providing free services to more than 3 000 households from indigent backgrounds. “Each household receives six kilolitres of water, 55 kilowatts of electricity and free sewer and refuse removal services every month. We are slowly winning the war against poverty and unemployment as we have employed 210 community members through our Expanded Public Works Programme.  We can all agree that Musina is now better than it was in 1994.”

Muhlope highlighted some of the projects that are currently unfolding. “This include the upgrading of Tshipise-Matatani road, construction of 600 RDP houses, extension of municipal offices, road construction in Nancefield, storm water channel construction and upgrading of Skoonplaas Stadium.”

She announced some of the projects that the municipality will implement during the new financial year which starts on 01 July. “This include (but not limited to) the construction of sports centre in Muswodi,  construction of 2.8km of paved roads in Nancefield, maintenance of internal gravel streets in all wards, upgrading of electricity, installation of feeder lines and replacement of 8,5km from copper to aluminum in our power lines,  extension of electricity supply in Tshikuyu, Tshidzi, Gwakwani, Manezhe, Rangani Lathudwa and Bennde Mutale, installation of high mast light and street lights in municipal buildings, electrical reticulation for new settlements in Nancefield Ext 6, 7 and 14, to name but a few.”

BUDGET OVERVIEW

Total Operating Revenue R 296 065 000.

R 29 468 000 will be funded from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.   

Other conditional grants:

  • Finance Management Grant: R1 900 000.
  • Energy efficiency and Demand Management Grant: R5 000 000
  • Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP): R1 013 000
  • Municipal Demarcation Transitional Grant: R2 282 000                                 
  • Integrated National Electrification Programme Grant (INEP): R18 000 000.

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