City’s proposed budget and development plan to be discussed

eThekwini residents will have the opportunity to engage municipal officials on the city’s proposed budget, as well as aspects of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), which shapes development and drives service delivery in the city.

The Executive Committee approved a report outlining the 2017/18 budget hearing and IDP consultation roadshows.

The public participation process for the budget and IDP roadshows are organised in line with Section 16 of the Municipal Systems Act.

eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede has emphasised the need to ensure that all 110 wards of eThekwini are afforded an opportunity to have input on the budget.

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For this reason, a schedule of ward-based hearings has been developed. The ward based hearings will culminate in regional hearings, which will take place in the six regions of eThekwini.

In addition to this, the budget will also be presented to traditional leadership and cultural, religious and business sectors.

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There will be 119 sessions of IDP budget hearings in three segments. This includes 110 ward meetings, six regional meetings with a capacity of 3,000 and three hearings for sector level.

The ward hearings started on 24 April and will continue throughout May.

Regional IDP budget hearings will be held on 3 May at the Clermont Stadium in the Outer West, at Curries Fountain on 4 May in Central West and the Princess Magogo Stadium on 5 May in North Central.

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On 6 May a regional hearing will be held at Tongaat sportsfield in the North, on 17 May at King Zwelithini Stadium in South Central and on 18 May at Adams Mission Stadium in the South.

Residents can contact their ward councillors for details of ward meetings.

Andre Beetge (ward 97 councillor) – 082-718-8137 or email andreb@skytec.co.za
Thabisile Zungu (ward 93 councillor) – 071-925-5871 or email tzungu426@gmail.com

 

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