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Brace yourself for possible services increase

KDM's revenue for the 2016/2017 sits at R1,361,734 billion while its expenditure is R1,36 billion

KwaDukuza residents may have to tighten their belts if the proposed increases in water, lights and refuse removal tariffs in the municipal draft adjustment budget are approved.

The increases, on top of higher fuel prices, high unemployment rates and low economic growth, are for six percent in property rates and refuse removal and 7.64 per cent in electricity tariffs.

Bulk purchase tariffs for electricity increased by 7, 86 per cent in the 2016/2017 financial year due to Eskom’s 2.2 per cent tariff increase.

The R1.3 billion draft adjustment budget that was presented last Wednesday by mayor Ricardo Mthembu is in line with the municipality’s five year national development plan, which focuses on service delivery. The final budget for the 2016/2017 financial year is set to be tabled in April.

Democratic Alliance councillor Malcolm Hubner said the party was comfortable with the the adjustment budget.

“We think that it has been well put together and we are happy that there is no unnecessary or fruitless spending.”

KDM’s revenue for the 2016/2017 sits at R1,361,734 billion while its expenditure is R1,36 billion.

Presenting the budget, Mthembu asked his administration to come up with a revenue turnaround strategy that will deal with wasteful expenditure and improve revenue income.

“I am giving officials 30 days to come up with a working plan that will help cut unnecessary spending and provide efficacy on revenue regeneration,” he said.


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