Newcastle remains afloat on rough waters

Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi is leading the municipality through troubled waters.

Newcastle Municipality has sailed on stormy seas of late.

Faced with a potentially unfunded budget, advice from provincial governance against a balancing loan and the denial of full-time councillors, municipal leadership has fought to maintain control of the ship.

It is up to Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi, to navigate through storm and sea.

Echoing the words of struggle veteran, the late Oliver Tambo, Cllr Nkosi reaffirmed his commitment to promises made in the lead-up to the Local Government Elections in 2016.

“Many people have asked why I am growing my hair and beard as I usually do not. My answer is very simple; I will not cut my hair until we as a municipality, are able to cut grass to the satisfaction of the people we are leading.”

Cllr Nkosi explained the financial situation of the municipality had affected its capability to render services to the community.

He accepted that the work would never be easy.

In terms of financial analysis, Cllr Nkosi mentioned deficit budgeting was no longer permitted according to the municipal Standard Chart of Accounts, among other problems.

“When we came into office, we had to grapple with an unfunded budget. We had to review the budget and affect some serious cuts to get it to a funded state. We are skating on very thin ice due to budget cuts.”

Infrastructure development

The oSizweni access road has been upgraded to the tune of R24 661 295, of which more than R14-million has been spent.

In Madadeni, roads are being repaired to the cost of R42 354 669, with spending to date of about R32-million.

The R1-million extension of Hathorn Street is almost complete.

An amount of R3.6-million has been set aside for the construction of Watt Street, which is currently at the end of the surfacing stage.

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Bruce Douglas
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