ON THE EVE OF THE YEAR 2017

The Madibeng Local Municipality final budget has, over and above current projected expenditure, an eye on the distant 2017-2018 financial year.

Four budget items stand out in this regard.

The highest of the pecking order is a budget allocation of R8-million for the upgrade of the Letlhabile main sub-station.

Then there is a budget allocation of R5-million, also for the 2017-2018 financial year, for the Madibeng Integrated Water Management Plan.

A budget allocation of R5-million has also been set aside for the Brits Mall Supply Upgrade, also for the 2017-2018 financial year.

A total sum of R4-million has been budgeted for the Ground Water Census, within the framework of the same 2017-2018 financial year.

Other amounts budgeted for the financial year 2017-2018 are but the next phase of seed funding already allocated for the financial year 2015-2016, and in many instances the subsequent phase for the financial year 2016-2017.

These include the whopping R54-million set aside for a road network for “all wards” for the financial year 2017-2018, which is the next phase from the R56-million allocation for the 2016-2017 financial year.

Conspicuous from the Madibeng Local Municipality final budget statement is also a budget allocation of R32-million each, for the upgrading of both the Oukasie and Mothutlung outfill sewer.

The latter amounts are doubling up from the R15-million each allocated to the two townships for the same projects for the 2016-2017 financial year.