Tshwane's Solly Msimanga delivers a pro-poor budget speech

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says he is hoping to solve unemployment and upgrade informal settlements.

He delivered the city's 2018/2019 budget on Thursday.

He is working with R4 billion budget for the coming year and he says his focus is on keeping tariffs low and putting the needs of the vulnerable and the poor first.

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Speaking to Joanne Joseph the mayor said R4 billion is the city's capital budget. In total, it has R36.8 billion, and of this, R32. 6 billion will be the operational budget and R4 billion will be capital expenditure.

So we looked at a number of things, one is that we said well there are areas where previously there hadn't been any kind of investment when it comes to bulk infrastructure.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

If you look at your region one, two and region seven. We are talking about areas like Hammanskral, Mapopane, Bronkospriut where are now saying bulk infrastructure needs to be going to those areas.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

Where people don't have proper sanitation facilities, don't have water and don't have electricity, that is where we are now going to be focusing.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

He said they are also looking at tariff increases that have been proposed by Nersa who is talking about a 7,32 % increase.

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We are saying that we will charge only 6.5% of that to our residents and also Randwater is charging 12,7 % and we are saying we will only charge 10% of that.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

Msimanga said that they are going to absorb all these costs by cutting out all wasteful expenditure.

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