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BCM increases capital budget by 11 percent

BCM increases capital budget by 11 percent

THOUSANDS of Buffalo City Metro residents can look forward to a promising new financial year in July after Executive Mayor Xola Pakati announced during his State of the Metro Address that the capital budget had increased by 11 percent.

Pakati said the metro’s progressive allocation of capital budget was testimony of the City’s commitment “to better the living conditions of the urban and rural communities.”

This means that more money will be allocated to making sure that the different needs of BCM communities – ranging from upgrading and provision of wastewater infrastructure, water services, the upgrade and construction of roads infrastructure network and storm water drainage systems, human settlements, electricity services and transport planning among other services – will be implemented.

To ensure work will be done and to complement the R1.65 billion capital budget set for the upcoming year, Pakati said there were plans to roll out training and awareness to all Metro employees to also ensure reduced fraud and corruption tolerance.

In the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 financial years, the capital budget is further expected to grow to R2.22 billion and R2.39 billion respectively.

“We will be taking on a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach, which involves educating employees during policy workshops about the strategy.

Distribution of frequently asked questions to employees is to be done on a regular basis to enhance awareness and strengthen early detection and prevention,” Pakati said.

Under its adopted theme Unity in action, A City Hard at Work, the Metro is moving ahead with its plan to position itself as a logistics hub of the Eastern Cape and taking advantage of its geographic location.

Transnet has committed to funding the East London Port expansion programme and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has committed to expanding the operations of the East London Airport in an effort to respond to the imperative of being a logistics centre.

From next month, the construction of a R70 million bridge linking Needs Camp and Potsdam will commence.

Residents of Qalashe will have a brand new pedestrian bridge by the end of July. A contractor has already been on site.

Pakati said other road networks and links that would unlock the city’s development potential included:

● The North West Corridor, scheduled to start in May next year;

● Awarding of phase 7 of the upgrading of Mdantsane’s Qumza Highway to a dual carriageway is expected at the end of this month and

● Pedestrian bridges planned in Scenery Park, Duncan Village-Buffalo Flats, Duncan Village- Matinzima, Duncan Village-Gesini, Cambridge Location Phase 3, Amalinda Forest and Sithembiso Senior Secondary School in Mdantsane’s NU3.

Other spatial plans include reversing apartheid spatial planning. This includes a review of the Bonza

Bay local spatial development framework, which has already commenced to update and make additional land use policy proposals for the Bonza Bay Road study area.

Staying true to its commitment of servicing the advantaged and disadvantaged, BCM set goals in the upcoming financial year, including the electrification of 1 000 informal dwellings and 1 600 formal dwellings.

The rural areas will also not be left out as BCM will work closely with Eskom who supply electricity to all rural areas within the metro’s jurisdiction.



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