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DA claims credit for Nelson Mandela Bay's R200 Million boost from National Treasury

Mar 26, 2019
DA claims credit for Nelson Mandela Bay's R200 Million boost from National Treasury

Port Elizabeth - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has benefited from a R200 million grant injection from National Treasury, but the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Bay says its monies that came as a reward to its work when its coalition used to run the Bay.

"The previous DA-led coalition government in Nelson Mandela Bay, through exceptional governance, has raked in an additional R200 million for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality," said the DA's Retied Odendaal.

"This follows confirmation from National Treasury that the City will receive this money due to the DA-led administration utilising 100% of its Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) in the 2017/18 financial year."

Odendaal said that the then DA-led government also spent 100% of its USDG funding in the 2016/17 financial year and was thereafter rewarded by National Treasury with R178 million additional funding.

"In 2017/18, under the DA-led administration, 100% of the USDG funding, including the additional R178 million, was used to deliver services to the City’s vulnerable communities," he described.

USDG funding used to deliver better services to Nelson Mandela Bay residents

This, Odendaal, said includes:

  •  Making progress eradicating bucket toilets;
  •  The provision of serviced sites;
  •  The upgrade of five informal settlements; and
  • Tarring of roads;
  • The upgrade of 64 public open spaces; and
  • Upgrading of water and sanitation infrastructure.

"The ruling ANC/EFF/UDM coalition of corruption will however not be able to spent the latest additional R200 million received from National Treasury," he added.

"As of February 2019 the ANC-led coalition of corruption had only spent 30% of its Capital Budget for the current financial year.

"If the City does not utilise all of this additional funding by the end of the 2018/19 financial year, it will be forfeit to National Treasury.

"The failing ANC cannot govern and this was made clear when the ANC-led Buffalo City Metro (BCM) failed to spend R377 million earmarked for service delivery projects in the current financial year."

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