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Budget for new fleet, facilities upgrades and a more accessible and responsive City <p>'The City's Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 was tabled at its Council meeting in March and is now available for public comment. The Corporate Services Directorate is best described as the City's nerve centre as it is the hub of information and knowledge management and provides support to other directorates to deliver on their mandates. </p><p>'We are also responsible for the City's interaction with the public where the main priority is to make the administration more accessible, responsive and accountable to our residents. I encourage residents to please peruse the City's draft budget, and to submit comments by 30 April 2024, this is an important opportunity to make your voice heard,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p><strong>The main capital projects for the new financial year are as follows:</strong></p><ul><li>R175 million for new fleet and to replace aged plant equipment</li><li>R119 million for the Core Application Refresh project to upgrade the City's core applications</li><li>R32 million for the installation of broadband infrastructure at City facilities</li><li>R5,4 million for the installation of generators and inverters to mitigate the impact of load-shedding on City facilities</li><li>R13 million for the upgrade of City facilities, among which the fleet facilities at Bellville, Hillstar, and Ndabeni; and the planning and detail design of the upgrade to the Somerset West municipal offices</li></ul><p>The directorate's operational budget for 2024/25 is R4,2 billion to ensure the City's core business continues and that other directorates can deliver on their mandates. </p><p><strong>Counting among the operational expenses are:</strong></p><ul><li>the management of over 6 000 vehicles and plant equipment</li><li>the management of 159 City buildings; 120 clinics; 102 libraries and 38 Early Childhood Development Centres</li><li>the management of 31 fire stations, 19 Metro Police offices, 31 traffic centres, and 54 Law Enforcement offices</li><li>the management of 11 municipal courts</li><li>information systems and technology</li><li>the interface with residents such as the City's Call Centre</li><li>training, and </li><li>support services to Councillors, Council, and Subcouncils</li></ul><p>'Managing the City's fleet, for example, is no easy task. Over 6 000 vehicles and plant equipment need to be available at all times, repaired and maintained, managed, and tracked and monitored. Many of our aged fleet items have reached the end of their economic life and must be replaced, thus, we are setting aside funding to accelerate the fleet replacement programme. Similarly, the buildings under our watch need to be maintained, refurbished, and managed so that residents have access to dignified spaces wherever they may go to do business with the City,' said Alderman Uys. </p><p><strong>Comment on the Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 by 30 April 2014. </strong></p><p><strong>To view the tabled budget, please visit: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></p><p>View the subcouncil public meeting schedule (subject to updating where applicable) at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Written comments</strong></p><p>By email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Verbal inputs</strong></p><p>Phone: 0800 212 176</p><p>For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176</p><p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173;L0|#02d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173|Public participation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8ae42078-0b97-4972-9919-76e075c33ea9;L0|#08ae42078-0b97-4972-9919-76e075c33ea9|budgets10

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