During its meeting on Wednesday, 23/03/2016, the Council of the Frances Baard District Municipality (FBDM) adopted the draft annual budget for 2016/17 and the draft district integrated development plan (IDP), review of 2015/16 and planning of 2016/17. The district municipality is well on track with the implementation of projects that were earmarked for 2015/16 with implementation standing at 60%. Progress will improve quite considerably since many projects are at an advance stage of completion and/or are at closeout stages.

The municipality’s main focus remains its support to the local municipalities to ensure that basic services are provided to the district communities. The following is the highlight of what has been rolled out:

Infrastructure projects focussed on the sewer reticulation network upgrade and maintenance in Magareng Municipality (Warrenton) and Phokwane Municipality (Hartswater). A master plan for bulk water and sanitation infrastructure and a maintenance plan for Phokwane unicipality was also developed; as well as a water conservation and demand management strategy to decrease non-revenue water and to ensure sustainable water supply. A project to upgrade the bulk water supply in Ritchie/Modder Rivier is underway. The current financial year also came with the introduction of a rural roads asset management system (RRAMS) which is meant to gather data that is intended to promote efficiency and effective investment in municipal streets and associated infrastructure information. This system will improve planning in maintenance and development of rural roads infrastructure and is set for implementation in the 2016/17 financial year.

Regarding the implementation of the Spatial Planning and Land-use Management Act (SPLUMA), we are required to establish a planning tribunal in order to ensure that planning activities are coordinated. The district municipality have already established a district planning tribunal which is constituted of the district municipality and all local municipalities, excluding Sol Plaatje Municipality, and is in the process of appointing a chairperson. The municipality also assisted Sol Plaatje and Phokwane Municipalities with the gazetting of bylaws that must give effect to the requirements as set out in SPLUMA. The bylaw for Magareng Municipality is in process of gazetting. The district municipality also assisted Sol Plaatje Municipality with the review of its spatial development framework and helped Phokwane and Dikgatlong Municipalities with new township establishments for 450 erven and 200 erven respectively.

The district municipality is currently conducting a feasibility study to investigate the viability of developing the Gong-Gong area (near Barkly West) into an eco-cultural and historical tourism destination. The project will not only focus on potential development of activities/ infrastructure around the waterfall but will also consider the development of cultural and historical attractions and activities in the community of Gong-Gong.

Municipalities are expected to implement a Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts (mSCOA) by 2017. mSCOA is meant to standardise the chart of accounts across local government to ensure a uniform expenditure classification. The district municipality has put all its efforts to ensure that it goes live by the mandatory date of 01 July 2017. The project is on schedule and the support will be extended to local municipalities.

The FBDM Council expresses its satisfaction with the performance thus far and is monitoring that all that the municipality has set itself for will be achieved by end of the financial year.

“FBDM – the key role player and leader in the delivery of services in the district.”

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