GEORGE NEWS - Compiling an application for a massive R1-billion budget facility to address infrastructure needs and challenges in George, is going to keep the George Municipality's finance department very busy over the next few months.
At the end of last week's council meeting, George Mayor Leon van Wyk explained to George Herald that the municipality is working on the applications following advice from National Treasury.
"It's usually only the bigger metros like Cape Town that can apply for such a huge budget facility. The debate currently taking place at national level is that we receive too little funding from national government," he said.
"National Treasury can't assist us at this stage, but they understand that we have to obtain more funds from government in future. Their advice is that we put in the application now and that it can then be utilised over a period of three to four years. With such a facility we will be moving into the big league of metros."
According to Van Wyk the municipality has already been spending huge amounts on the town's sewerage and water works.
"We have made good progress with the sewerage works. The concrete work and dams have been completed and we are currently working on the mechanical and electrical components. The waterworks must be expanded by a further 50%. The current daily volume of 40 megalitres must be increased by 20 megalitres. This is going to cost a lot of money."
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