“The City will make the biggest budgetary allocation possible towards the refurbishment of Rooiwal. An amount of R450 million will be allocated over the next three years – split in R150 million annual allocations,” said Ald Peter Sutton, the MMC responsible for Finance.
Delivering the 2023/24 Budget Speech, Ald Sutton said that the first R150 million allocation in the new financial year starting on 1 July 2023 will be prioritised towards finalising the Phase 1 upgrades of the Rooiwal project.
The new financial year will see a capital investment of R2,35 billion. The focus of the capital investment will be to address inequality in township areas and to ensure revenue enhancement.
The Mamelodi flood victims will be relocated in the next financial year. The National Treasury has granted a request from the City to reallocate the R285 million for the Pienaarspoort land acquisition for the purpose of this relocation.
Various capital projects, such as upgrading roads and storm water, building roads, providing water and sanitation services and developing hostels, to name but a few, will take place. The capital investment will target the following areas:
Soshanguve (R42,6 million), Winterveld (R16,6 million), Mamelodi (R88,6 million), Pretoriuspark (R3,4 million), Refilwe Manor (R17,3 million), Fort West (R4,1 million), Olievenhoutbosch (R30,7 million), Ga-Rankuwa (R8,1 million), Mabopane (R21,5 million), Zithobeni (R57,1 million), Gatsebe (R4 million), Saulsville (R2 million), Mahube Valley (R13 million), Stinkwater (R500 000), Rama City (R7 million), Eersterust (R6,4 million), Ekangala (R65 million), Cullinan (R10 million), Booysens (R56,6 million), Kopanong (R2 million) and Andeon (R6 million).
R191 million will go to the following electricity projects:
- Refurbish the Mooikloof 132 kV/11 kV Substation
- Refurbish the Pyramid 132 kV/11 kV Substation
- Refurbish Rosslyn Substation
- Complete the civil works and deliver the electrical equipment at the Monovani 132 kV/11 kV Substation
- Complete all the civil works and receive the delivery of all the long lead electrical equipment at Wildebees Infeed Station
- Complete the refurbishment of the 11 kV building and see the delivery of the long lead electrical equipment at Ifafi Substation
- Refurbish Kentron Substation
- Commission the Wapadrand 132 kV/11 kV Substation
Ald Sutton also indicated an investment of R62,1 million into the continuation of prepaid meter conversions, which will include the procurement of 25 735 meters for new and replacement meters and improving the vending infrastructure.
“We are in a crisis when it comes to our revenue collection. We experience a culture of non-payment in this City, which hampers our ability to deliver services to communities,” he said. He indicated that the operating budget is dependent on the City’s ability to collect on services rendered. The City will therefore allocate R131,6 million to drive enhanced credit control measures and reduce the increasing debtors’ book.
The proposed tariff increase across all core services are property rates at 5%, electricity at 15,1%, water and sanitation at 9,2% and refuse removal at 6%. This will be an average increase of 8,9%.
The electricity and water increases are directly linked to the Nersa-approved tariff and the Rand Water-approved tariff.
Click here to access the Budget Speech: https://www.tshwane.gov.za/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?juwpfisadmin=false&action=wpfd&task=file.download&wpfd_category_id=96&wpfd_file_id=56737
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