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ADM PUTS A FINGER ON PROVISION OF WATER AND SANITATION
- 2014 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS-
12 April 2014
During a colourful State of the District Address (SoDA) held at Mlungisi Community Commercial Park (MCCP) in Stutterheim on Friday, 11 April 2014, Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has again put a finger on provision of water and sanitation for the 2014/15 financial year.
ADM Executive Mayor announced that the Municiapality's R1. 870 billion total budget allocation for 2014/15 is biased towards provision of water and sanitation.
Konza said as the district is the water service authority, it is inevitable to prioritise this function.
She said 66.71% of the total budget is allocated to Engineering Services for water and sanitation while 95.53 of total capital budget is allocated to Engineering Services for water and sanitation.
In addition, the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) allocation 55% is allocated for water projects and 40% to sanitation projects,” emphasised Konza.
Highlighting ADM's economic development strides, Konza also the institution's decision to establish ASPIRE, as its Economic Development Agency, has yielded positive results. Aspire, registered as the Amathole Economic Development Agency, is a proprietary limited company established in September 2005 and is wholly owned by the Amathole District Municipality. Aspire’s vision is to be a pioneer in the stimulation of spatial economic development.
Among its achievements, is the renewal of 12 small towns within ADM's jurisdiction. This has gone a long way towards enabling people to have decent livelihoods. Residents of Alice, Butterworth, Idutywa, Hamburg, Stutterheim, Cathcart, Peddie, Keiskammahoek and Fort Beaufort have benefited immensely from the Regeneration of Small Towns. She said ASPIRE is a catalyst to economic rehabilitation and sustainability of these areas.
The Mlungisi Community Commercial Park ( MCCP), recently launched at Amahlathi Local Municipality in February, is one but of several projects Aspire successfully completed in local municipalities falling within ADM. The MCCP was built at a tune of 49 million rands and is a much need service infrastructure and the first of its kind in the entire Eastern Cape.