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The Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan comprises capital works plans, service delivery targets and performance indicators.
IMPROVING the lives of people living in historically disadvantaged areas such as informal settlements and townships is the main focus of the Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) financial year.

 

Basic service deliveryResidents require basic service deliveryThe SDBIP comprises detailed capital works plans broken down by ward, service delivery targets and performance indicators for each quarter, and monthly projections of revenue to be collected. It was approved by the City council on 30 July.
 

Virgil James, the City’s spokesperson, says the SDBIP is a contract between the City and its residents. “We are saying these are the goals and objectives we are going to achieve by the end of the financial year,” he explains.

The public played a part in preparing plan, as it was consulted. “They are the ones who indicated the changes they needed to see in their communities,” he adds.

People have requested services such as public lighting, water, electricity, roads, clinics, parks, libraries, bridges and other facilities.

The SDBIP instils trust between the City and its residents, says James. “It ties us to implement what the community has asked us to perform.”

For the 2011/12 financial year, the City has set aside R33-billion for capital and operational projects to ensure world-class service delivery. The capital budget is R3,7-billion, which will be used for new developments, and the operational budget is R29-billion, which will be used for maintenance.

The City is satisfied with the previous year’s budget spend of 95 percent of its R28,3-billion budget. “If we do not spend, it means we are under-delivering,” James points out.

Joburg aims to continue delivering basic services while being visionary enough to take the city to the next level.

According to the SDBIP, 38 percent of the City’s revenue will be generated from electricity tariffs. Property rates, water and sewerage will contribute 17 percent; the balance will come from operating grants, refuse collection, fines, rental facilities and interest earned.

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