UMfolozi Municipality has set aside one million rand to assist poor families. This was revealed by Mayor, Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge during his Integrated Development Programme Budget.
Mayor, Cllr SW Mgenge presented the 2016/17 Budget Address on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at Mzingazi Sport Ground during the scheduled IDP Budget road show. This IDP Budget road show is an opportunity for the Municipality to present the Draft IDP and Budget for the 2016/17 Financial Year which were compiled following a highly inclusive consultative process during November 2015. The IDP roadshow also provides the community with the opportunity to engage with their councillors and municipal officials on issues affecting the Integrated Development Plan and the budget.
The Mayor went on to explain that the R175 million budget was geared towards reducing unnecessary expenditure and increasing infrastructure development. The focus of this budget was to ensure that the municipality continues to meet its IDP goals and drives economic investment. Municipal Manager, Mr KE Gamede said that the budget is focussed on achieving service delivery and good corporate governance. “My duty as the Municipal Manager is to ensure that the objectives are met in a timeous and orderly manner. The IDP reflects the objectives of the council for the 2016/2017 financial year. In developing this budget my financial team took various external factors into account, this included the current state of affairs in our economy and the economic climate in our municipality, he stated.
It is very important and it is encouraged that all residents actively take part in this process. Meetings were held in wards 2,6,12 and 4 and the community came out in their numbers to participate in the scheduled meetings. According to uMfolozi, community participation was amazing and their comments/requests were noted and will be dealt with accordingly.