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Application for Infrastructure Funding Made to DBSA

DECEMBER 2, 2014
Application for Infrastructure Funding Made to DBSA

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has applied to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for funding for infrastructure.

DBSA has been appointed as the Fund Manager by Government and the European Union for the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa.

A quarterly report to be submitted to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee indicates that funding applications have been submitted for the water and sanitation programme; roads and transportation programme and stormwater programme.

The report states that if the application is successful, “grant funding will be allocated to undertake preliminary planning and reports with the focus on capital infrastructure investment that will also address rehabilitation and maintenance challenges”.

The report also states that R15 million in funding from the Department of Education is at “the final stages of approval by the department” for water repairs to schools, adding that without “significant funding this will remain a challenge going forward”.

Applications were submitted to the department and Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) infrastructure programme.

With regard to roads, the report states that a meeting was held with the District Roads Engineer of the Department of Roads and Public Works “to address the funding shortfall for the maintenance of provincial roads within the municipal area.

“Province does not have additional funding for the 2014/15 financial year. A request for additional funding must be submitted in the new financial year after April 2015.”

The report also states that a letter of award for the Water Leak Repair contractor is scheduled to be completed within the first two weeks of this month.

In addition, tenders are currently being drafted for the appointment of contractors who will oversee community-based semi-skilled plumbers to carry out leak repairs as well and education material has been prepared for a public awareness campaign on the reporting of water leaks. - MetroMinutes.


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