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Zwelihle talks about the budget

On Wednesday night the Overstrand Municipality held a special meeting the in Zwelihle Community Hall to discuss the municipal budget for 2014/2015.

 

Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie greeted everyone and gave a brief overview of the budget. She highlighted the difficulty of balancing the budget in the light of the recent natural disasters experienced in the Overstrand. She made special mention of the severe flooding of last year, which cost the municipality R4 million to repair the damage. 

Cllr Ben Solomon, chairperson of the finance portfolio committee, said that the capital budget is R130 million, but the municipality only has R86 million available. 

He mentioned that the ability of the municipality to borrow money to satisfy the shortfall is severely limited. 

He then itemised the capital budget for the audience.

After the presentation, a heated question and answer session followed. Many of the audience expressed their frustrations and outrage at the way the budget is being spent. 

On hearing that the baboon monitoring project has been discontinued a member of the EFF wanted to know why the baboon monitoring project was run in the first place and, did the municipality consider baboons more important that people. 

Another issue that was raised by an ANC member was the municipality’s HR processes and practices. He alleged that the municipality was employing coloured  people over black people. 

Audience members also wanted to know which of the the organisations that are supported by the mayor’s grant in aids are based in Zwelihle. The only one mentioned was Siyazama, service centre for the aged. 

A major point of contention was the alleged unfulfilled promises of housing. The mayor pointed to the 211 low-cost houses built in Kleinmond. However, it was said that there was a backlog of about 5000 houses and that the promises made by the municipality have remained unmet. 

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