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FF Plus welcomes Ekurhuleni Metro’s budget, which effectively addresses basic service delivery

The FF Plus supports the Ekurhuleni Metro Council's budget for the 2022/23 financial year.

The party, as part of the coalition government, is in favour of going back to the basics where the main focus is on stability and providing basic services.

The following points were highlighted to help stabilise service delivery.

• R370 million is allocated to the Department of Roads and Storm Water to repair potholes and make roads safer.
• R80 million is earmarked for the installation of smart metres in the homes of the needy.
• R170 million is earmarked for maintaining the Metro's fleet vehicles to ensure quicker response times.
• R30 million is earmarked for construction projects, like upgrading the Katlahong fire station.
• R558 million is allocated to the Department of Energy to improve the electricity networks, particularly in areas with outdated infrastructure. And that includes R92,2 million earmarked for the repair of streetlights.
• R34 million will be used to start rehabilitating sinkholes.

A big advantage for residents is that property taxes will not be increased.

Vanity projects are not a priority and service delivery projects will be given precedence.

Hosting elaborate events will also be cut back on to save money. One such an event that was downscaled was the recent State of the City Address.

There is also an incentive of 2% discount for residents who loyally pay their municipal accounts over a period of six months.

Businesses that loyally pay their accounts will receive a 2% incentive every 13 months.

The budget is positive and will benefit Ekurhuleni residents because basic service delivery needs are being addressed.

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