The South African government will allocate more resources for municipal infrastructure, especially for maintenance, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.
Briefing the media here Monday following last week’s four-day Cabinet Lekgotla (gathering), he said the Lekgotla had provided an opportunity for the Cabinet to reflect on the implementation of the government’s programme of action and the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).
Radebe said an action plan to ensure greater expenditure on municipal infrastructure maintenance and to enforce proper financial asset management would be developed and implemented to extend the lifespan and quality of the infrastructure assets.
“Approximately 1.3 trillion Rand (about 96.5 billion US dollars) worth of assets are at jeopardy because of (poor) 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,” he added.
In line with the proper management of municipal infrastructure, he said saving water and minimising water loss continued to be a top priority. “By September 2016, agreements are to be completed with municipalities with high water losses …. and a clear funding model is to be completed,” he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK