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Fines balance municipal budget

Speedsters caught on camera in the Saldanha Bay municipal area are contributing towards a R34 million revenue stream for the local municipality.

The Saldanha Bay Municipal Council approved the 2019-’20 budget on Thursday 30 May during their council meeting.

According to Executive Mayor Marius Koen the influx of people to the area is continuing to place strain on the municipality, who must provide services to all.

“Our ability to provide municipal services to the increased population with marginal growth of our revenue base is lagging and will negatively affect our financial stability,” he explained.

Koen also said the municipality plans to spend R173 million over the next three years on water infrastructure in order to “enhance water sustainability” in light of the ongoing drought.

Breakdown of the budget

The operating revenue budget for the financial year is R1,19 billion, while the operating expenditure budget is R1,22 billion.

The capital budget is up 5% to R324 million.

Spending of the millions

The municipality has identified 20 top capital projects on which the majority of the capital budget will be spent. . Water

The capital budget will be used to upgrade the Langebaan Road Aquifer Well field 2, the Paternoster water pipeline, the Langebaan Sewerage Works, the Meeuwklip Reservoir, for portable toilets and wastewater treatment works (WWTW) in Middelpos, Paternoster Water Reservoir, to refurbish the Shelley Point Desalination Plant, replacing water meters, to investigate sewerage works designs for Brittania Bay, for construction of a WWTW for Jacobsbaai and Middelpos, and pressure management. . Landfills

Development of a new Langebaan landfill, extension of Vredenburg landfill, development of new landfill site for Vredenburg.. Electricity

George Kerridge 512 Mv Lv and connections.. Roadworks

Second phase of upgrades to Oostewal Road, Langebaan, extension of intersection of Main and Koster Street, Vredenburg and the rehabilitation and reseal of various local roads.. Other projects

Development of new sports grounds for Langebaan and a central fire station.

New tariff charges

Water tariffs, as with all other service charges, will increase, but the water restriction tariff has been downgraded from water level 3 to level 2. This will be from Monday 1 July.

Assistance for indigent households

Residents who have a household income of less than R4 600 qualify for a 100% indigent grant. A subsidy of 70% will be granted to residents with a total household income of between R4 600 and R6 000.

Residents must register with the municipality to obtain these grants.

In the new financial year 50 units of electricity and 6 kiloliters of water will be provided to these households at no cost, every month.

Free refuse removal and free sanitation, based on a developed erf of 250 m², will apply.

Pensioners are also entitled to rebates on property rates.

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