Council adopts Annual Budget & IDP 2018/2019
During a Council meeting held on the 31st May 2018, Council adopted amongst others its Budget and its Integrated Development Plan for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The Executive Mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Cllr Abraham Vosloo tabled the final annual budget in accordance with section 16 (1) of the Municipal Finance Management Act which stipulates that a Municipality must for each financial year approve an annual budget for the Municipality and subsection 2 of the said Act states that the Mayor of the Municipality must table the budget at a Council meeting.
In his budget speech, the Executive Mayor said that: “As the government of the day, we remain committed to the goals as per the National Development Plan, the Constitution and the Freedom Charter as these are the goals aimed at addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Therefore we cannot draft a budget that does not seek to address the issues of young people and women. Hence we have gathered here today as the Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality to legislatively legitimise the aspirations of our communities in the form of an IDP and Budget.”
“The Honourable President of the Republic made it very clear in his State of the Nation Address that we have entered the year of renewal, unity and jobs. As we gather here today, we find ourselves in the midst of a major transformation in our country. A period of renewed hope as we set out to build a national democratic society. We pledge this year, the centenary of Mandela as a year of unity, renewal and jobs as part of emulating the good example of service and selfless dedication to the course of our people and recognise the centenary of his birth by declaring both as public office bearers and public servants that indeed our people come first,” he said.
The Budget and Integrated Development Plan is an expression of the aspirations of our people. On its own it cannot achieve the desired outcomes. It requires the discipline and commitment of people who are resolute in making sure that all institutional efforts are achieved.
The Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality approved the Budget 2018/2019 and the Integrated Development Plan 2018/2019 unanimously.