Ekurhuleni passes R51.2 billion 2022/2023 financial budget

Issued by Solly Msimanga, MPL – DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
25 May 2022 in News

The DA is excited to announce that the City of Ekurhuleni has passed its R51.2 billion 2022/2023 financial budget.

The MMC for Finance, Cllr Fana Nkosi, presented the Back To Basics budget speech during an ordinary Council meeting and laid out the city’s plans to get the basics of service delivery right and ensure growth for the city.

The budget was drafted after months of broad consultation with our coalition partners, meetings with different stakeholders and public consultations.

The R51.2 billion Budget will prioritise getting the basics right in terms of delivering quality service delivery. Here are some of the budget priorities:

  • R4.5 billion has been allocated to social relief efforts for registered and indigent households. Social relief packages include; free refuse removal, 50kwh of free monthly electricity, free indigent burials and free emergency services.
  • R922 million has been allocated for the provision of electrical repairs including substations, transformers and meter boxes and street lights.
  • R782 million has been allocated to the Water and Sanitation Department to reduce water outages, mitigate the development of sinkholes, installation of smart water meters in indigent households and maintenance of sanitation infrastructure.
  • Around R600 million has been allocated for refuse removal and R90 million towards grass cutting to keep the city clean.
  • R370 million has been allocated for repairs and maintenance of roads; including the patching of potholes. An additional R283m has been allocated for asset renewal.
  • Transport Planning and Provision will receive a capital budget of R303 million, and repairs and fleet maintenance will receive R170 million.
  • To improve our emergency service and protect residents from losing their properties and lives through fire: R20 million has been allocated for the completion of Katlehong Fire Station, R5 million has been allocated for the completion of the Isando/Elandsfontein fire station and R5 million has been allocated for upgrades to the Etwatwa Fire station.
  • Human Settlements Department will receive R582 million, of which: R25 million has been allocated to the Leeupoort mega project, R9.7 million is budgeted for the completion of 259 serviced stands and R15.3 million is budgeted for the completion of 144 social housing units.
  • The Department of Health has received R190 million grant funding from the Gauteng Provincial Government that will be used to improve primary health care services and embolden the city’s AIDS unit.
  • R21 million in grants will be spent on the city’s libraries to benefit the youth.

This budget is the first step towards correcting years of mismanagement, and we know that success will not be achieved overnight, but the DA and its coalition partners are determined to deliver quality services for the people of Ekurhuleni.

The DA congratulates Ekurhuleni under the leadership of Alderman Tania Campbell, MMC Nkosi and the entire Mayoral committee for this remarkable achievement.