R2.8-million for Ndlambe roads

CANDICE BRADFIELD

MEMBERS of the Cacadu district executive committee met with Ndlambe municipal officials, councillors and stakeholders to present their budget and their intentions for service delivery in the area last Tuesday.

Cacadu mayoral committee member Vukile Balura said one of their plans is to build a library in Alexandria. They are also going to spend R1-million refurbishing the Ndlambe’s waterworks.

“We fully understand there is a problem with the water,” he said.

They will also be contributing R1.2-million so that an assessment can be carried out regarding Ndlambe’s assets, including underground water and sewerage pipes.

BUDGET PLANS: Members from Cacadu District Municipality addressed Ndlambe stakeholders on their plans for the budget last week. At the back (from left) are Thandubuhle Mgudlwa (project manager for tourism development and marketing), Jan Went (advisor for local economic development), Graham Terblanche (performance systems manager), Riaaz Lorgat (finance manager) and Theodora Betha (project manager for infrastructure services and planning department). In front (from left) are Brenda Ntithu (development planner for infrastructure services and planning department), Vukile Balura (Cacadu mayoral committee member) and Siyabonga Somjaliso (project manager for infrastructure services and planning department) Picture: CANDICE BRADFIELD

Dissatisfaction has been expressed that the R2.8-million that Cacadu is assigning to Ndlambe is not enough to fix the rural roads, particularly after overheads such as agency fees. Balura said they would look at not using an agency in order to try and save money.

“If we can do it on our own there will be less overheads,” he said.

He said rural areas such as farms played an important economic role in the area.

Ndlambe municipality made some suggestions regarding what they believe is needed in the area. They would like Cacadu’s assistance with sports facilities and asked if the district municipality can help with promoting local boxing.

They would like to place more emphasis on agriculture as currently the main focus is on tourism, said Balura.

Ndlambe also suggested that Cacadu give Kowie FM some financial support. Balura said they would need a proposal first but that they were not promising anything.

Siyabonga Somjaliso, who is a project manager for infrastructure services and planning department, said they get inputs from the municipality and stakeholders on the challenges they are facing, and then incorporate these into the Integrated Development Plan (IDP). They also provide IDP support for local municipalities.

Project manager for tourism development and marketing, Thandubuhle Mgudlwa, said the training of tour guides for Ndlambe had already begun.

“We are providing financial support for the project with the objective of enhancing tourism service excellence in our strategic leisure outboard destinations,” he said.

Advisor for local economic development, Jan Went, said they are overseeing agricultural mentorship in the whole district. This involves structured skills transfers from established commercial farmers and emerging farmers in the space of three years by which time the farm must be turned into a viable business.

Cacadu is currently coordinating projects at Rockville farm and Lamoney Family Trust in Bathurst and preparing to start a project at Longvale farm in Alexandria.

Finance manager Riaaz Lorgat explained that they were training Ndlambe municipality to comply with financial statements as regulated by Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP).

Graham Terblanche, who is the performance systems manager, provides system support for all the municipalities in the district. They are currently in the process of implementing an automated performance management systems tool which will allow municipal employees to complete their assessments electronically instead of on paper. This will be done quarterly and will make the process much easier.

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