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Sarah Baartman District Municipality adopts R164 million budget

Jun 5, 2020
Sarah Baartman District Municipality adopts R164 million budget

Kirkwood - The Sarah Baartman District Municipality hosted its first virtual council meeting on Friday. The current lockdown regulations and Covid-19 pandemic has led to the municipality conducting most of its meeting virtually to limit social contact.

The Executive Mayor of Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Cllr Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, delivered the budget speech for the next municipal financial year starting on 01 July 2020 until 30 June 2021, during the council meeting. This is the third review of the municipality’s 5 year Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

The Mayor spoke about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the municipality and its communities. She said: “We will strive for economic recovery, job creation and sustainability to ensure that our district manages to come to terms with a new “normality” as soon as possible, and that the District mitigates the impact of Covid-19 on our key sectors such as tourism, local economic development and agriculture.”

The Mayor reiterated the municipality’s commitment to the District Development Model which calls for all spheres of government to work together as one to ensure cohesion in service delivery. The municipality also remains committed to developing its local municipalities through providing the necessary support and assistance.

Council adopted an overall operating budget of R164.2million with operating revenue of R164.2million and a capital budget of R5.1million.

  • An amount of R28.4 million has been earmarked for fire services of which R15 million is allocated for the fire contribution and fire equipment to local municipalities. The budget also includes the construction of the Paterson Integrated Emergency Centre (R7.5m), which is a multi-year project, as well as training for fire fighters (R1m).
  • R11.8 million has been set aside for environmental health services.
  • Local Economic Development initiatives have been budgeted at an amount of R3.1 million.  These initiatives include support to Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises, Agricultural Support, training in Renewable Energy, Investment Promotion and an Economic Development Summit. 
  • An amount of R 1.1 million has been allocated to Planning and Economic Development to assist local municipalities and stakeholders cope with the effect of the COVID pandemic.
  • An amount of R5 million has been allocated for the District Development Agency. 
  • COVID-19 is budgeted across all departments. The total amount budgeted is R1.7 million.

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality has achieved an unqualified audit report once again under difficult circumstances, thus indicating financial management excellence in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

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