Municipality needs to cut expenses

09 March 2018 | Local News

The municipality of Walvis Bay must implement cost cutting measures as part of an administrative directive issued by the office of the prime minister.

The objectives of the directive are to gradually­ reduce personnel and related expenses, establish adequate expenditure control systems, reduce subsistence and travel allowances, reduce overtime, tele­phone and transport expenses,­ and also encourage collaboration with other governmental institutions to avoid duplication of services and expenses. This directive has been in effect from 1 February 2018.

The Subsistence and Travel Policy of the municipality has also been revised, and came into effect on 1 March 2018.

The essence of the revision includes removing incidental expenditure as it is not an essential and integral part of any travel and is covered under miscellaneous expenses. The municipal council also needs to define what is meant with 'meals allowance' and break down the allowance payable for individuals meals, instead of having a general amount for meals.

Council needs to take a holistic approach towards sponsored events and expenses related to it, and delegate the amendment of road distances as contained in the distance chart to the chief executive officer.

Mayor Immanuel Wilfried said he recognises the fact that there is a fine balance be­tween overspend­ing and implement­ing drastic saving measures,­ because they are still expected to deliver ­acceptable services to the different communities.

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