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 IDP and Budget concludes The Metro set aside Tuesday 9 May to discuss the 2017/18 financial budget at Mngqesha Great Place with the traditional leaders. The IDP and Budget is reviewed annually to allow the municipality to improve its plans and strategies and also allow citizens to give their inputs to the IDP for the year, the previous year and next financial year. This year’s theme for the IDP and Budget Roadshows is Unity in Action: A City hard at work. Speaking at the meeting, Chief Whip of Council Councillor Mzwandile Vaaiboom said, “The main purpose of the meeting is to present the draft 2017/18 IDP Review, Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure framework budget to the Queen of Rharhabe and all the Rharhabe Chiefs for inputs before Council adoption.” This follows after the City consulted with all its wards during the roadshows which started on 18 April until 8 May. Discussed during the event include including Tyutyu Phase 3 project, Umzonyana Dam Upgrade, water and the procurement of graders for rural roads. Other issues that came up range from the community hall that was requested in Masingatha, Mlakalaka and Godidi, the agricultural support, requests for ablution facilities in Kwelerana, Mdange Village requested fencing of grazing fields and the request for electricity in Tshatshu. Adding Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Other upgrades that are planned by the Metro include the revamping of the Rharhabe royal family graves, build a tombstone for Chief Tshatshu, Construction of new King William’s Town Traffic Centre, storm water drainages, sanitation, dams and weirs, water treatment works, bulk mains, pump station, distribution mains, reservoirs, agricultural and rural development programmes. Following the Traditional Leaders Session, City officials met with the business sector to discuss projects pertaining to their needs for 2017/18. The Business Breakfast was held at the Regent Hotel in Quigney on Wednesday 10 May. Acting City Manager Bob Naidoo opened the session by giving an overview of the roadshows and its success. “We had a smooth flow of public meetings with hiccups here and there.” The Business Breakfast is held as part of the annual IDP/Budget consultation process, this is mandated by law to involve organised business as a stakeholder in the planning and budgeting process of the municipality. “This meeting is set to provide an opportunity for organised businesses to comment on the draft 2017/18 IDP and Budget before it is tabled in council for adoption and discuss concerns that arise during this engagement,” said Naidoo. Some of the issues raised at previous engagements with the business fraternity included procurement processes with the City’s Supply Chain Management Office, where it was raised that there were interferences at low level when awarding contracts and rural areas being neglected in terms of economic development. In response to this, Pakati assured businesses that the intention of the City is to bring more investment into the City not minimise it. “We are working with other stakeholders to look at what measures can be brought to local businesses to retain and grow the current investment, this work is being done with the Department of Trade and Industry because they have an existing Supply Side Policy which we do not want to duplicate,” said Pakati. Another concern was the inefficiency of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Metro Growth and Development Strategy. Pakati said that tools are being developed for the strategy and the City is currently reviewing the Supply Chain Policy Framework to include some of the issues raised such as the 30 percent participation of local businesses. “It has been agreed in council that upon conclusion of the framework compilation, all relevant stakeholders will be engaged with for their input,” said Pakati. Attending stakeholders also emphasised that there must be separation between business and politics. Pakati acknowledged the concern but affirmed that the awarding of tenders follows a process which is defined by the Municipal Finance Management and there are no politicians operating in that space. He continued to say that tenders go through a bidding evaluation process and an adjudication process where political interference is barred. Closing off the meeting Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi said that the principle of meaningful participation was exercised during this engagement. He assured stakeholders that their participation will be expressed in the development of processes undertaken for governance and administration. In closing Pakati announced that there will be a Council Open Day on Tuesday May 16, the adoption of the financial IDP/Budget on May 26 and the State of the Metro Address will be on Thursday 22 June. 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. BCM Council Open Day The purpose of the day was to present the outcomes of the IDP and Budget ward meetings as well as key issues raised by traditional leadership and the business fraternity before it is tabled in Council for adoption. Speaking at the open day, Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi said, “Our responsibility as municipal councillors is to play a central role in promoting local democracy in the form of ensuring public participation.” “The City has a responsibility to encourage and create conditions for local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality including the preparation, implementation and the review of its IDP.” A summary of the key issues raised during the ward meetings were grouped into three regions of the Metro namely Inland wards, Midland wards and Coastal wards and were presented by the Chief Whip of Council Mzwandile Vaaiboom. Vaaiboom said, “All the issues that have been raised by the people here will be taken to council on May 26 for endorsement.” He added that the Executive Mayor’s State of the Metro Address in June will be informed by the outcomes of everything contained by the IDP. In the Inland Region key issues that were raised included the upgrading of roads, a requests for houses, repairing of damaged RDP houses, upgrading of water pipes, electrification, upgrading of sports facilities and job creation particularly for the youth. The Midland Region sited roads, housing, water and sanitation, refuse removal, electrification, sports and recreation facilities as well as youth development programmes as their key issues. Coastal Region ward issues include additional communal standpipes, clarity on illegal occupation of RDP houses, electrification of new areas, land for new cemeteries, job creation and training for the youth. Delivering his keynote address, Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Today is the culmination of the journey we have undertaken to report and account to all the citizens of the Metro about what we have done and request a further mandate on what more should be done as we continue to be of service to our people.” Pakati also presented the Metro’s medium-term expenditure budget for the 2017/18 financial year in which he painted a picture of the current economic climate in the Metro. He said, “The economic climate is marked by immaterial growth, high unemployment, a small revenue base, aging infrastructure, a low collection rate and cost containment measures.” Community members in attendance were given an opportunity to raise queries that might have been left out during the roadshows to the portfolio heads of the various municipal departments and also asked question of clarity on how the budget will be allocated in the new financial year. 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 Comments are closed.