On Thursday, May 23, the City of Ekurhuleni will table its budget for 2019/20 as well as the 2017 – 2021 IDP (Integrated Development Plan) at the Germiston City Council.
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a process where municipalities prepare a strategic development plan that covers a five-year period. It includes the: planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and decision-making processes in the municipality.
Last year (May 24), the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance, Councillor Doctor Xhakaza tabled the R37.5 billion operating budget and R6.9 billion capital and infrastructure budget at Eden Park Sports Ground. The ‘Pro-poor’ Budget, as it was labelled, indicated a major investments like R1.2 billion to Human Settlements projects and zero percent increase in library and information services; library auditorium; cemetery and crematoria; use of arts, culture and heritage facilities; and the hire of parks and facilities.
“We have tabled a very progressive budget that can only make our City a better place to live, play and invest. Our people have today, like every year, heard how we are going to spend their money on turning their lives around,” Cllr Xhakaza said last year during his 2018/19 Budget address.
Last month, Public participation meetings took place across the City, residents and MMCs engaged and are people were given the opportunity to give inputs for their area.
The draft documents are available for viewing at customer care centres, public libraries and on the website. Visit www.ekurhuleni.gov.za