Ekurhuleni budget increase finally approved 

By Doreen Mokgolo

The City of Ekurhuleni’s 2024/2025 budget was approved after two failed attempts by the former MMC for Finance, Nkululeko Dunga. 

The approval happened during an extraordinary council sitting held at the Alberton Civic Centre on Friday, just two days after Dunga was removed from office.

The approved budget has an operating budget of R60-billion, a 9% increase from the previous financial year, and a capital budget of R2.9-billion, showing a 5.4% increase.

The budget has major tariff changes, including a 4.9% increase in assessment rates, a 9% increase in water tariffs, a 7% increase in sanitation, and different increases in electricity tariffs ranging between 11.2% and 12.74%.

The executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, said the financial plan includes the condition of free basic services to needy households and refunds for pensioners and low-income earners.

Responding to the approved budget, Dunga said the same report and budget have been adopted and nothing was changed but they were not allowed to present it.

“For the last two weeks, we have been engaging with the council for the adoption of the budget, but on both occasions, it was rejected without comments to make a material difference,” he said.

“By tabling the budget two days after my removal, the ANC is claiming political glory of having tabled and approved the budget within the prescribed time frame according to the Municipal Finance Management Act.”

Dunga, the Gauteng EFF chairperson, said he was removed from office due to a dispute over power between himself and the mayor in the Metro.

The mayor said the change in municipal leadership was a pivotal factor in the budget approval.

“The decision to remove Dunga was not taken lightly but was necessary to address unforeseen misalignments and to ensure the swift adjustment and approval of the annual budget,” Xhakaza said.

Pictured above: Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Nkosindiphile Xhakaza.  

Source: Doreen Mokgolo

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