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Mayor updates council on projects

Gaborone City Council mayor Kagiso Thutlwe says the overall performance on the execution of the 2017/18 recurrent budget in terms of cash flow is unsatisfactory.

Addressing Gaborone City Council (GCC), Mr Thutlwe said the general implication was that activities that had not taken off were likely to spill over into the 2018/19 financial year.

This, he said and would automatically affect the budget ceiling for the next financial year.

In order to optimise utilisation of resources, he said virements were made from slow spending votes to those that were fast spending adding that council would expedite the finalisation of the investment strategy for the purposes of generating income in order to provide key resources.

He told councillors that efforts to broaden the council revenue base and the formulation of a complementary cost reduction strategy, was a daunting reality that had to be confronted.  

Mayor Thutlwe said tender for debt collection was at a vetting stage.

The aim, he said was to engage a company that would assist the council with sustainable data management, credit control solutions, recovery of all outstanding amounts owed to the council and ensure a continued effective and efficient collection system.

He appealed to customers that rates billing for 2017/18 financial year had been completed.

He urged them to settle their bills adding that those who were unreachable, they should not relent in their efforts to make contacts and afford them the opportunity to come and update their addresses to avoid possible litigation.

On the issue of constituency fund,  mayor said consultations for constituency projects funding had been done and hopefully, preparations for implementation would commence timeously, citing that an amount of P10 million for each constituency had been maintained.

Mr Thutlwe said cleaning of storm-water contracts had been awarded to three 100 per cent citizen-owned contractors and contracts had been signed with work scheduled to start this December at the amount of more than P1 million in Phase 2, Block 5 and Block 3 industrial.

He noted that the council had also awarded all five constructions of storm water drains under recurrent budget and works were scheduled to commence this month at the tune of more than more than P2.5 million in Block 3 residential, Phase 2, Bontleng, Old Naledi, Old Lobatse road and Kudumatse Drive.

Mayor Thutlwe said  paving of main mall walkway project had been awarded at the amount of P1 million adding that the works started in October 2017, expected to be complete end of January 2018 addind that it was 90 per cent progress of completion. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Goweditswe Kome

Location : GABORONE

Event : Full Council Meeting

Date : Dec 06 Wed,2017

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