Ricochet News

Bobani tells Councillors and officials to be responsive to community needs

Jul 2, 2019
Bobani tells Councillors and officials to be responsive to community needs

Port Elizabeth - “Staying ahead of the curve to proactively deal with ward-based service delivery concerns is a must to ensure that communities have no need to resort to protests to have their needs met,” Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani said on the first day of the new financial year.

Said to be progressively pro-poor, 91% of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s 2019/2020 Capital Budgetis allocated for infrastructure development and improvements in poorer wards.

Addressing officials and community stakeholders at the Uitenhage Town Hall, in Uitenhage, Mayor Bobani encouraged direct interaction by Ward Councillors and other public representatives with community members.

“I plan a meeting with all Ward Councillors of Uitenhage and Despatch next week to discuss their budget allocations and ensuring that their constituencies are engaged and informed of what projects and developments are coming their way.

“If we move with speed from day one of this new financial year, there will be no need for communities to toyi-toyi as we will be doing our duty in an efficient and transparent manner, “ Mayor Bobani said.

From the combined R12,6 billion capital and operating budgets, some of the budgeted items are:

  • R200 million for housing delivery,
  • R223 million for the upgrading and construction of substations, electrification of houses,
  • R482 million is set aside for infrastructure and engineering, and;
  • A total of R317 million is provided to upgrade water treatment facilities, the rehabilitation of water reservoirs and the provision of bulk water service infrastructure to support housing delivery and economic development.

The current municipal financial year started on Monday and ends 30 June 2020.

Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.

For great savings on life’s little pleasures visit Bargain Buys!  Know somebody who is getting married, Wedding and Function can assist.  Have kids, then you need to visit Kids Connection. Enjoy food and travel, then visit Home Food and Travel. Need assistance with an online presence, visit Agency One.