Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Patricia De Lille delivered the WC 2013/ 2014 budget

Mluleki Mrwebi
29 May 2013

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town Alderman Patricia De Lille today delivered the 2013/2014 budget.

The proposed total budget fro 2013/14 has increased from R26, 144billion to R31, 5billion. The operating revenue ha also increased from R23, 9billion in 2012/13 to R24, 89 billion in 2013/14 financial year.

Patricia de Lille said Cape Town follows an approach that ensures enough generation of revenue to be able to cross-subsidise services for the poor, more than any other municipality, while maintaining the highest standards.

The average proposed tariff increases for 2013/14 financial year all are at less than 10%,these proposed tariff increases include, rates, refuse, disposal, sanitation, water and electricity.

De Lille said it is proposed that senior citizens qualify fro rates rebates where their gross monthly household income is less than R12 000.

She further said the capital budget for Utility Services is over R2 billion, Transport, Road and Storm water is over R1, 4 billion and Human Settlements is over R600 million.

Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Road and Storm water Brett Heron said the City will prioritise fixing roads and job creation.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said his department is ready to start with the Fire Services Reservists, and that will assist during fires in the Province as well as an additional traffic officer reservists that will ensure the safety of motorists on the roads and safety of communities.

Mayco Member for Human Settlements Thandeka Gqada said there are many projects in place to ensure that the problems in housing are minimised. Gqada further urged residents and councillors to work together to ensure that all housing backlogs are attended to.

De Lille added that communities need to stop vandalising during protests because that costs the City lot money and the money that could be used something else.

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