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More funding for municipal infrastructure

Written by More Matshediso
Cabinet has made a key decision to put in more resources into municipal infrastructure, especially for maintenance, says Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

Speaking after the recent Cabinet Lekgotla, the Minister said it provided an opportunity for Cabinet to reflect on the implementation of government’s programme of action and the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).

He added that there was an action plan to ensure that more is spent on municipal infrastructure maintenance and enforce proper financial asset management to extend the lifespan and quality of the infrastructure assets.

“Approximately R1.3 trillion of assets are at jeopardy because of non-maintenance. The issue of maintaining the infrastructure that we have plays a key role in advancing the agenda of the NDP, so the financial asset management in municipalities must be strengthened,” said the Minister.

In line with the proper management of municipal infrastructure, the Minister said water saving and minimising water losses continues to be government’s priority.

“By September 2016, agreements are to be complemented with municipalities with high water losses … and a clear funding model is to be completed,” he added.