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Mayor Kaunda tables pro poor special adjustments budget

​EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda tabled the City’s special adjustments budget for the Medium-Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) 2020/21 at a Full Council meeting held on 30 September.

The adjustments increased the budget tabled in May this year from R48.8 billion to R49.8 billion for the 2020/21 financial year.  The increase emphasises a pro-poor budget through which service delivery around water and sanitation, electricity, infill sites and human settlements which will be prioritised with a special focus on catalytic projects that are expected to create employment and grow the economy.

“As many jobs have been lost during this period, the City made an application for a public employment programme grant that focuses on job creation in infrastructure programmes,” said Mayor Kaunda.

The special adjustment budget comes as a result of securing additional financial resources to ensure that service delivery, particularly in poor communities, is not compromised due to the implications and ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Costs relating to Covid-19 expenditure is funded by savings identified by various departments through the reprioritisation of costs.

“We are proud to have been able to weather the storm and through the sound Economic Recovery Plan that we have approved, we will continue to improve and attract new investment, stimulate growth and provide much-needed jobs,” he added.

The operational budget has increased to over R44.3 billion to ensure that the Municipality increases and enhances its operational efficiency.

The capital budget increased from R4.7 billion to R5.5 billion to improve the infrastructure for better service delivery and the improvement of human settlements, public transport, water, electricity and sanitation infrastructure.

Speaking on the Municipality’s finances, Mayor Kaunda praised the City’s first quarter results which have seen a steady increase in cash flow and collection rates of around 90 percent.

He cautioned those who may view these adjustments as an opportunity to enrich themselves that corruption will not be tolerated.  Mayor Kaunda stressed that the City remained committed to the principles of accountability and clean governance and that anyone who steals from the poor by misappropriating state resources would face the full might of the law.

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