Walvis Bay budget to be tabled today

28 May 2020 | Local News

Council usually conducts the tweaking process of its annual budget for the coming financial year at this time of the year.

Residents of Walvis Bay will have an opportunity to gain some insight into the 2020-2021 budget today when it is tabled for council approval, mayor Immanuel Wilfred informed councillors at Tuesday's ordinary council meeting.

After this process, the tabled budget for 2020-2021 will be submitted to the line ministry for final approval.

Wilfred said that a number of important announcements will be made in terms of the budget and tariffs for the next financial year.

“Some budgetary projects have had to be delayed due to Covid-19 and council could unfortunately not have its public sessions this time due to the prevailing pandemic,” he said.

Tabling

When the chairperson of the management committee of the Walvis Bay council, Lilo Niilenge, tabled the budget last year, she said that around 76% of council’s total estimated revenue is obtained from water and related services, property rates and taxes, refuse removal services and sanitation services.

Niilenge tabled a total capital projects budget valued at N$314 million for the 2019/2020 financial year. She said the budget would be executed over a period of more than one year.

Expected revenue for the new financial year was estimated at approximately N$510 million, with expected expenditure recorded at the same amount.
An amount of N$250 million was to be spent in 2019/2020 with the remaining N$63 million to be spent during 2020/2021 and beyond.

She provided the following breakdown of the combined projects of anticipated expenditure during 2019/2020:
• N$107 million was allocated for land development projects. Niilenge explained that land delivery projects run over more than one financial year. N$76 million has been budgeted for the development of Farm 37. The remaining N$31 million has been allocated for the finalisation and/or starting up of new extensions.
• N$46 million was allocated for community and social projects. This includes the construction of a fire station in Tutaleni and the upgrading of the Single Quarters and Ekutu stalls on Erf 3994.
• N$80 million was allocated for the implementation, upgrading and replacement of water and sewer infrastructure, planning and construction of a new waste water treatment plant, and upgrading of existing pump stations.
• Council intended to spend N$15 million on the acquisition and replacement of existing vehicles in its fleet.

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