By Sifiso Nhlabatsi | 2017-12-07
Manzini Municipal Council informed its stakeholders that it is owed about E54 million in rates.
The alarming figure was relayed to the stakeholders during a budgeting meeting at the Council Chambers yesterday morning.
Stakeholders were invited to the participatory budgeting meeting where they were asked to make contributions on how they want the Council to use money budgeted for the year 2018/19.
Addressing the participants during the meeting, City Mayor Mxolisi Mabuza stated that participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making and a type of participatory democracy, in which stakeholders and ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.
The mayor stated that the municipality can only benefit and progress if it involves its stakeholders.
The stakeholders were informed that the meeting is all about making real decision about resource allocation and not just a consultation.
Stakeholders were assured that their participation in the budgetary process will help broaden the scope of voices included in policy making, which will also adds a salutary effects on the allocation of resources.
With the huge amount of money in outstanding rates, the stakeholders were informed that many of the beneficial effects of the exercise however will depend on the attitude of Manzini rate payers in as far as providing sufficient resources for investment, and service delivery through timeous payment of their rates obligation.
Chief Executive Officer Lungile Dlamini in her remarks stated that as a city they have a problem of vandalism.
She further said they were working towards the development of the bus rank.
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