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Kloof community meets with Mayor’s Office

Tariff increase hike concerns dominate in the 2024/25 Draft hearing meeting in Kloof.

THE eThekwini Municipality 2024/25 Draft Roadshow moved to the Kloof area on Friday, April 19. The Kloof community met with the Mayor’s Office on Friday to discuss the budget plan for the financial year of 2024/2025. Presenting their draft plan for public consultation, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and his office presented One Plan.

According to the office, One Plan is an intergovernmental plan setting out a long-term strategic framework to guide investment and delivery in relation to a specific district or metropolitan space.

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“It is collaboratively produced by all three spheres of government – co-created/informed by existing plans made by the three spheres.

“It confirms what is in the existing plans, refines as necessary and identifies key strategic gaps/issues. It expresses inter-government agreement, alignment and commitments and is therefore not a detailed development plan,” stated the office.

It is adopted collectively by all three spheres of government and stakeholders as an inter-government relation (IGR) and social compact which means:

  • a shared understanding of the space an agreement on priorities
  • a common vision and measurable
  • targets and commitments

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One Plan has six focus areas:

  • people
  • economy space and environmental infrastructure
  • services
  • governance

Speaking to the Highway Mail, Ward 10 councillor Caelee Laing said they were expecting to hear what the Mayor’s Office has to say about the tariff hikes as they will give their reasons.

“Residents are sick of these constant tariff hikes, and they are planning to reject these hikes because people can no longer afford it. We are sincerely hoping that they will listen to the residents and take their needs into consideration,” she said.

The public engagement is still ongoing in various communities across Durban, and only after they are complete will the City come up with a decision about the tariff increase.

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