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Matlosana budget leaves much to the desire

The ANC-controlled Matlosana Municipality (Hartbeesfontein, Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein) still refuses to admit that the ANC management and leadership are to blame for the regression and financial crisis brought on by their blatant corruption, mismanagement, irregular expenditure and a general inability to manage and implement a budget.

This was clear from the discussion of the council’s budget and the great challenges associated with it. The failure is blamed on everything but the ANC’s incompetence.

A prerequisite for a feasible budget is fiscal logic as well as management’s drive and willpower to make the budget a reality. Even the provincial government’s assessment of the budget makes it clear that the budget leaves much to be desired.

In the light of the budgets of the previous years, it is clear that income is continually overestimated while expenses are underestimated. That is a recipe for disaster.

Truth be told, the inability to draw up a proper budget along with the unsuccessful implementation thereof play a major role in Matlosana’s regression. The mayor’s poor execution and irresponsible way of doing things will only serve to make the city’s already critical situation worse.

It is unacceptable and unsustainable for a small group of residents who do pay their municipal accounts to subsidise the non-payers. This also includes the theft of electricity by means of illegal connections and power wastage due to the inadequate upkeep of infrastructure.

It is also lamentable that the discount on property tax does not really bring pensioners much relief. The FF Plus raised this point in the discussion of the budget and will ask for a greater discount in the future.

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