The uMfolozi Municipality tabled the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Draft Budget 2017/2022 Roadshow for wards 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 17 at the Ntuzuma Community Hall on Thursday 4 May 2017.
This is part of a series of roadshows the uMfolozi municipal council and administration is embarking on to strengthen community engagement, while also tabling service delivery progress on already implemented programmes as well as future municipal activities which will implemented. The roadshow is also an opportunity for the community to have an input in the drafting of the budget before it is finalised.
In his address uMfolozi Mayor Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge said although uMfolozi is a small local municipality with a small budget, the IDP and draft Budget for 2017/2018 has been laid out with the needs of the residence of uMfolozi in mind. “We as a municipality firmly believe that our IDP and Draft Budget for 2017/2018 is centred on community input which was gathered during our vast community engagements with all our wards,” said Mayor Mgenge.
Mayor Mgenge said infrastructure development, socially cohesive communities and the empowerment of youth and women are just some of the key issues the municipality will continue to drive forward and are included in this draft budget. “Municipal Infrastructure and the Integrated National Electrification Grant Projects will be closely monitored by the municipality as the upgrade of Infrastructure will contribute towards driving economic opportunities for the municipality and the residents of uMfolozi,” said Mayor Mgenge.
More than 58% of the residents of uMfolozi are youth and the uMfolozi Municipality is committed to implementing youth skills development and education programmes which uplift the youth and increases the chances of employment and entrance into universities.
The uMfolozi Municipality has also strived to maintain acceptable tarrifs which are affordable for uMfolozi households. The tariffs will therefore increase by only 5%.