DA warns City of Tshwane’s budget likely to result in a shortfall

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa delivered his budget speech for the next financial year.

FILE: Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - While the African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's R30 billion budget, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned that the city is underfunded and likely to result in a shortfall.

Ramokgopa delivered his budget speech for the next financial year at a special sitting of the Tshwane council today.

The mayor also announced above and double inflation tariff increases for rates, water and sanitation.

Ramokgopa says the city is budgeting towards a surplus of nearly R2 billion.

"An expenditure plan of approximately R32.8 billion, which includes an operational budget of R28.3 billion."

But the DA's Lex Middelburg says since the draft budget two months ago, R1 billion has been arbitrarily added to capital expenditure.

"In order to create the image of affordability, they have increased the estimation of the right of collection of revenue from 92 percent to 96 percent."

Middelburg predicts a shortfall of about R2 billion.