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iLembe mayor delivers State of the District address

NEWS24 / 13 JUNE 2018 - 06.02 / NKOSINATHI DUBE

Credit control and debt collection policy and by-laws are being implemented and all credit control measures are applied.

Water restrictions and disconnections are also taking place.

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According to the mayor the municipality has made significant progress in terms of implementing the revised Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act Regulations of 2017 which came into effect on April 1, 2017.

Several engagements and discussions have taken place within the municipality to ensure that all glitches affecting the implementation are addressed in the interest of swift implementation of their capital projects.

A total of 43 local emerging contractors owned by black people have been given opportunities through subcontracting as part of the radical economic transformation programme.

“It must be noted that the district views the district SMME benefication from the holistic approach in that, if there is no qualifying emerging contractor from the area where the project is being implemented, the district may consider giving a business opportunity to other emerging contractors from other wards of the iLembe District.

“As we move towards the next phase of the programme, we welcome the SMME support strategies that Enterprise iLembe is introducing. These will be of great assistance to the local SMMEs who are in great need of support structure and awareness about the available options for them that would enable growth of their businesses. Enterprise iLembe through its local economic development function will be responsible for the support and incubation of the emerging entities allocated work through the procurement systems,” added Gumede.

The mayor revealed that the tariff of charges will increase by 9.5% which he said was way below the increase of bulk buying set by Umgeni which is at 13.7%

“We note that other neighbouring municipalities have increased their tariff of charges by more than 10%,” he said.

The African National Congress, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Inkatha Freedom Party supported the budget.

The Democratic Alliance however, did not support it.

“We observe the progress made and we applaud the budget and support it,” said IFP representative councillor Aubrey Baardman.

DA representative councillor Madhun Singh said it was a difficult budget to prepare considering the challenges the municipality is faced with.

“The DA does not support the budget and the tariff increase but we will continue to support council,” he said.

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