Michele du Plessis
Excerpts from the Budget Speech delivered by the Executive Mayor of TCLM on the 2018/19 Budget and IDP, during the Ordinary Council Sitting, Municipal Chamber, Lydenburg:
“Madam Speaker, allow me to commit this Council in line with Local Government mandate to provide basic needs meritoriously and economically taking into account the ward priorities, we anticipate the rollout of the following capital projects in the 2018/19 financial year,” Mashego-Sekgobela said.
The following capital projects are planned for Thaba Chweu Local Municipality:
Roads and storm water
We have prioritised the construction of paving roads for Matibidi –Apara, Moremela ring roads and Simile, further that an amount of R 30 million has been set aside.
Water and Sanitation
We deemed it befitting to actualize the construction of one mega litre reservoir in Lydenburg Hospital to the tune of R6 million, upgrade 3km of Bulk pipeline in Lydenburg/Mashishing for the amount of R9 million.
The following projects are prioritised for implementation: Wastewater treatment plant in Lydenburg, Sabie and Graskop to the tune of R 4.2 million.
We prioritise the following revitalizing programme thru INEP:
❖ To connect 241 households in Ext 6 RDP to the tune of R3.7million
❖ Conduct feasibility to upgrade Sabie and Simile substations for the amount of R1.1million
Construction of the following public facilities through our own funding and MIG:
❖ Construction of Simile stadium –R 10.3 million (MIG)
Environment and waste management
Construction of Landfill site fence for Graskop and Simile to the tune of R1.8m and R2.5m respectively thru MIG funding. To build efficiencies in our operations and ensuring that the constitutional mandate of creating a safe healthy and clean environment for our communities is realised; the municipality deemed it befitting to procure the following plant: Three refuse compactor trucks, three tipper trucks, two TLBs, one Skip Loader.
“Madam Speaker, this is a well-known challenge in the municipality which makes one have sleepless nights, the account is mysteriously increasing every year, we currently at R430 million and we urge all of us to harvest new strategies in dealing with this gigantic elephant in our space.”