19 April IDP Budget Meetings kicked off April 19, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 The 2017 IDP Roadshows kicked off on Tuesday 18 April with meetings at Dikidikana Community Hall, Dubu Community Hall, Quzini Community Hall, Mzintshane Community Hall and Berlin Hall. The roadshows are set by the metro for communities give share their views on the 2017/18 financial year budget and planning. Below is the list of priorities raised by community members in each of the following wards. Ward 35 met at Quzini Hall with the following priorities raised. In Balasi Valley requested the clearing of bushes, fencing around the dam in Balasi Valley where a young boy recently drowned, the upgrading of sports facilities around the ward, the construction of roads across the ward, the community requested for land to use as a graveyard and a request for toilets was made. Ward 36 residents gathered at Mzintshane Community Hall raised issues ranging from the building of RDP Houses, a community hall has been requested for an upgrade, the electrification of houses in the Ward and construction of ablution facilities including the revitalisation of the factories in a bid to create employment in the ward and a request for speed humps in a nearby school for children cross the main road and high mast lights have been requested as well as the fixing of streetlights. Ward 38 had their meeting at the Dikidikana Community Hall with over 100 residents attending and raising issues including electrification of houses, construction of destitute housing units, ablution facilities in Lieveldt, Mamata and Mxaxo, water outages to be looked into, installation of taps, roads to be re-graveled and youth programmes to be a priority. Dubu Community Hall was filled up with residents from Ward 40, with the purpose of sharing their views and also give the municipal officials guidance on which areas needs to be improved in their area. Areas of improvement and in Ward 40 include the building of a community Hall in Qongqotha, a request to enforce by-laws on those who own shebeens about the opening and closing times of business, the fencing of cemeteries that are being damaged by livestock, housing rectification and construction of better ablution facilities. Another concern in the area includes a bridge that needs to be constructed in the Fordmarie are and streetlights. Ward 45 met in Berlin Hall with residents requesting for high mast lights, land, new houses for the wooden houses beneficiaries and the upgrading of stormwater drainages. The IDP Meetings for this week will continues as follows: on Thursday 20 April Ward 41 will meets at Nolizwe Mnyaka Community Hall, at 5pm, Ward 37 the meeting will be at Schornville Hall at 5pm, while Ward 39 will hold their meeting at Weir Hall at 5pm and Ward 44 meets at Sweetwaters Hall at 5pm at Sweetwaters Community Hall. For an updated schedule for the rest of the month visit http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/slides/BCM IDP Schedule.jpg There will be an open council day held 16 May and the adoption of the final IDP and Budget will take place on Wednesday 31 May. The Executive Mayor Councilor Xola Pakati will deliver the State of the Metro Address, 22 June. Related R13 million budget for street lighting The maintenance and the lack of street lights has been one of the issues raised by the resident during the draft Integrated Development Plant (IDP) and Budget roadshows. Project Manager Jean Smit said, “The aim of the project is to improve lighting levels and save energy within the areas of the Metro as well as to meet government policy of access to safe electricity for all.” In addressing the challenges faced by residents in certain areas when it is dark Smit said they have assembled a team that go at night to check the hot spots. “We have a seven day maintenance programme where there’s a spotting team that drives around at night to identify all the maintenance that needs to be done. They then submit their findings to the maintenance team to do the work in the morning.” Smit said at least 156 highmast lights have been erected and completed at the moment in the costal, inland and midland and that makes 63 percent of work that has been done.” He added that an additional 248 installations of highmast lights is anticipated to be completed in the current financial year. “The highmast lights that we install are 14 meters long to make it difficult for illegal connects and vandalism.” The programme has kicked off in three areas that include Mdantsane, Duncan Village and Dimbaza. Another project that the section is currently working on is the installation of concrete poles for the street lights along the Black Road. “Due to the vandalism that is happening in Ziphunzana Bypass. We have started installing concrete poles for the street lighting in Duncan Village, Gompo and Buffalo Flats to put a stronger electricity supply.” said Smit. However, he said illegal connections are a huge challenge in Ziphunzana and as a result three street lights are not working. “Already there are three lights in the Ziphunzana Bypass that are off due to illegal connections and electricity theft.” He said the section do not put street lights and highmast in informal settlements for safety purposes as they damage the electrical network, electricity theft and according to the law due to vandalism. “The electricity department is currently electrifying informal areas that meet the approved Council criteria.” The project has created job opportunities for BCMM residents said Smit. “BCMM residents are being employed by contractors that are hired by the Metro to do those electrification projects.” Smit added that there is not enough budget to cover all the areas of BCMM, “if we can have more budget we can do more projects.” he adds. Illegal connections have been the cause of several deaths and have caused a very unsafe working environment for the department to work.” Any electricity fault can be reported on 043 742 1437 before 8pm and after 8pm you can call the Call Centre on 043 742 2131. 2015 Summer Season kicked off Following that was the annual Summer Carnival KWT which kicked off on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December. Artist that entertained revellers over the weekend include Afropop singer Zahara of Loliwe fame, Hip-hop artist Kid X and various House artists including Bucie, Uhuru and Naak Music. Other local artists include kwaito artist Mashava, Young Reezy, Yolanda Vuthela, Zama and the Voice Ministries, DJ Zenzo and DJ Nunuza. At least 1 000 revellers filled up the botanical gardens to be part of the fun filled two days. The next leg of the Summer Carnival will be held at the Mdantsane City Mall on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December while the last leg will be held in the Quigney’s Court Crescent on Friday 18 December and Sunday 19 December. National artists expected to perform in Mdantsane include Dbn Nyts, The Soil, iFani, Ma-E and Thandokazi while East London will see Beatenberg, Professor, Donald, Liquideep and Mobi Dixon. IDP Roadshows kick off The roadshows are held as part of the City’s plan to involve residents on the next financial year budget and planning. The first meetings were held at Skenjana Roji Hall in Bhisho for Ward 43, War Memorial Hall for Ward 35 and Phola Park Hall in Dimbaza for Ward 34. Speaking at Ward 34 meeting Portfolio Head for Municipal Services said that the objectives of the meeting is to present the draft IDP 2016/2021 and the mid-term revenue and expenditure budget for 2016/17 and financial year 2018/19. “The meeting is also to highlight service delivery achievements in each ward and present the proposed budget and projects of the wards.” He concluded saying that the meeting will also give an opportunity for residents of the ward to comment on the draft IDP and Budget before it is tabled in council for adoption. Discussed topic at various wards include bush clearing, grass cutting, illegal dumping, housing projects, the quality of roads constructions, library renovations at Ward 34 and street lightning. The next IDP Roadshows are as follows: Wednesday 20 April: Gompo Hall for Ward 2 at 5pm, Robbie de Lange Hall for Ward 46 at 5pm, Carnegie Hall for Ward 27 at 5pm and NU 5 Rent Office for Ward11 at 5pm. R405 million for KWT Waste Water Treatment plant This project which will be done in six phases will amalgamate the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs into one regional works. Acting General Manager: Construction, Roads and Project Sandile Sojini said the purpose of combining the WWTWs was due to high demands and that the capacity of the plants could not handle the work load. “The capacity of the plants could not handle the work load and that the biological process at the plants could not treat the water into the required efficient standards as set out by Section 21 of the National Water Act.” “The implementation of the whole project was to establish a centralised, regional sewage area thus enabling the decommissioning of the dysfunctional WWTWs and improving the level of sewage transport and treatment achieved across the focus area.” “It was necessary to construct a network of bulk sewers to facilitate the transfer of sewage from smaller plants to the Zwelitsha plant with associated structures such as pipelines bridges, screens and pumps stations. Sojini said the amalgamation of the plants will reduce the operational cover over the life of the plant and that upgrading all smaller plants would be more expensive. “The project will focus on the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs and that the later be upgraded as regional 35MI/day capacity WWTWS and the remaining smaller plants decommissioned.” He added that phase one of the project has kicked off and that 30 percent of the work has been completed. Phase one which has ate away an amount of R15 million of the budget consist of seven kilometers of 700mm – 80mm diameter gravity outfall sewer taking the raw sewage water from Schornville Water Treatment Plant to Zwelitsha WWTWs. In Phase two the upgrading of the works will be done in two phases with the first phase consisting of upgrading of the works to 17.5 mega litres per day. The following new main infrastructure will be constructed during this phase: Ø A new inlet works with an odour control building Ø A division box to allow for dividing flows equally to the reactors. Ø A new 24 000m³ Reactor with Anaerobic, Anoxic and Aerobic zones with necessary recycling streams Ø A division box to divide the flow from the two reactors to 6 x Secondary Setting Tanks (SST’s) Ø 3 x 29m diameter SST’s Ø 1 x Chlorine contact tank Ø Return Activated sludge (RAS) screw pump station Ø Drainage Pump Station Ø Peak flows balancing Tank Ø Sludge dewatering building Ø Administration Building Ø Plant operators living contours Ø Chemical dosing and storage building Ø Related Civil Engineering Structures – that is roads, storm water and washwater Council Open Day The public hearings took place from 14 April until 13 May to communicate the plans of the City and future development to residents and stakeholders for the 2016/17 financial year. The objective of the day was to give feedback on key issues raised from the wards and also reflect on matter raised by the business fraternity and the traditional leaders. Speaking at the Council Open Day, Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “The priorities for the next finical year are to provide adequate housing for residents, providing clean and safe drinking water and creating various ideas to ensure the City is kept clean.” “The strategic outcomes we have set out as a Metro are to be an innovative and productive, green, connected, well – governed and spatially transformed City.” “Indeed we have made strides in attempting to realise our vision of being a developmental local government,” said Mtsi. Presenting at the council open day Mtsi said, “A total of over 200 000 households in the Metro have access to water and over 90 percent receive the basic minimum requirements.” He also added that the electricity department spent over 90 percent of its R85 million budget on refurbishing, upgrading and enhancing the electrical network throughout the City he also said that over 16 000 indigent people receive free basic electricity since the financial year of 2014/2015. In regards to housing Mtsi said, “Second Creek residents received decent housing with full ownership due to the quality of the housing unit delivered by the Human Settlements Directorate the Metro has also won an award for the best rural housing project.” He also added that as part of the rural development programme many housing opportunities will be provided to many rural communities in the Metro. “It is our mandate to provide basic waste management services to citizens of the City this includes street sweeping, waste and litter collection, refuse removal and sundry solid waste management services,” said Mtsi. Mtsi also mentioned some of the challenges facing the Metro such as illegal dumping, land for central transfer station, community mindset, behaviors and enforcing waste management by-laws. Looking at roads, Mtsi said that currently the Roads Department is operating a ward based project which consist of 500 volunteers, 10 volunteers per ward. “The ward based volunteers will assist with pothole patching and storm water clearing,” said Mtsi. The meeting was attended by various key stakeholders of the IDP such as Councillors, Municipal Officials, Community Development Workers (CDW), Traditional leaders and private sector as well as members of the public were invited to engage and discuss the implementation of the IDP and to discuss the successful projects that have been completed in the Metro thus far. The open day was part of the public hearings before the adoption of the 2016/2017 IDP and budget by Council on 31 May. Newly launched Reeston Water Treatment plant The handover took place at the Reeston WWTW plant, earlier this month with full attendance from the community of Reeston and surrounding areas. The project is a 10 mega liter per day extension to the Reeston WWTW which is an additional 10 mega liters from 2.5 to 12.5 mega liters per day. The Reeston WWTW has been identified by the Metro as a regional treatment works. According to Consultant from Royal Haskoning DHV, the Waste Water Treatment Works upgrade will serve the community residents in the Reeston Township and surrounding areas as well as treat diverted waste water from Central WWTW. “The diversion of waste water flows from the Central WWTW therefore forms a pivotal component in the Duncan Village Development Framework, since it seeks to relieve the immediate problem of overloading at the Central WWTW,” reads a municipal report. “The extension to the Reeston WWTW is therefore a critical component in unlocking development potential in the Central Drainage Zone. As a result of the extensions to the plant, an additional 10 mega liters of purified water will be pumped into the Metro. Providing a stable source of water to the area and surrounding areas.” Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has provided an opportunity for 18 students from The Buffalo City College to participate in an apprenticeship in mechanical and technical faculty in an effort to create jobs for new graduates. Speaking about the apprenticeship Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “These apprentices will be working on this project, approximately another 300 jobs were created on this project.” Giving his keynote address Pakati said “As government, we made promises to deliver basic services and restore dignity to the people. Today, we are here to show that we do not make empty promises.” R’187 million has been budgeted for the project, which shows that government is putting its people first and with this budget the City procured drum rollers, new traffic vehicles, sedans, graders, bakkies and TLBs to ensure the smooth running of the project.” According to Pakati, the City is determined to fight unemployment amongst the youth and working together with the local community, poverty can be tackle. Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca also added that it is a gratifying experience to finally see the project kick off. “We are delighted as the Metro to see that the project has finally taken a good turn and we see job creation through this project.” Ward Councillor Nokulunga Matiwane culminated the day with closing remarks saying that they feel grateful as the community. “The project has brought development and infrastructure to their area and provided their children with jobs. We also urged the community to look after the plant and not vandalise the facilities.” Comments are closed.