SOWA TOWN COUNCIL

DEBEE GOREE / MOGOBE WA LETSWAI

Seduke

ADDRESS TO SOWA TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL FULL COUNCIL SESSION BY HON COUNCILLOR KGOMOTSO SEDUKE (FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON)

13TH FEBRUARY 2020

YOUR WORSHIP THE MAYOR RRE MFA

YOUR WORSHIP THE DEPUTY MAYOR, RRE BOTUMILE

COUNCIL COMMITTEES CHAIRPERSONS

HONOURABLE COUNCILLORS

COURT PRESIDENT, RRE MAJEREMANE

DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, RRE NKARABANG

TOWN CLERK, MME MMA MOLELO

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF BOTASH, RRE PHATSHWANE

STATION COMMANDER, BOTSWANA POLICE

HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS

MEMBERS OF MEDIA FRATERNITY

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

‘BAGAETSHO KE A LO DUMEDISA MO MOSONG ONO’

  1. YOUR WORSHIP MAYOR, ALLOW ME THIS MORNING TO PRESENT BEFORE THIS HOUSE SOWA TOWN COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AND RECURRENT BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2020/2021. BAGAETSHO, THE MONETARY SITUATION REMAINS UNDEFINED HENCE THE NEED TO EXERCISE THE PRUDENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT BY DETERMINING OUR PLANNED LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE DURING THE BUDGET YEAR.

2020/2021 RECURRENT ESTIMATES

  1. YOUR WORSHIP, OUR FINAL TOTAL ESTIMATES OF 2020/2021 STANDS AT FORTY SEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND, AND SIXTY PULA WHICH IS MADE OF REVENUE SUPPORT GRAND OF FORTY –FOUR MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE THOUSAND AND SEVENTY PULA, AND FINANCE FROM OWN SOURCES ESTIMATED TO THE TUNE OF TWO MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY PULA. THE ALLOCATION BAGAETSHO IS 15% LESS THAN OUR TENTATIVE BUDGET SUBMITTED TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE LAST YEAR OF FIFTY SIX MILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED PULA.

  1. BAGAETSHO, WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A GROWTH OF THREE MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY PULAFROM THE 2019/2020 BUDGET.THE GROWTH BARELY COVERS INCREASE NECESSITATED BY EMPLOYEES’ SALARIES ADJUSTMENT AND MEMBERS ALLOWANCES. HOWEVER IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT DUE TO IN-ADEQUATE FUNDING, SOME VOTES DURING THE CURRENT PERIOD WERE TOTALLY NOT BUDGETED FOR OR UNDER BUDGETED FOR. THIS CONTINUES EVEN FOR THE 2020/2021 BUDGET UNFORTUNATELY.

  1. BAGAETSHO COUNCIL HAS BEEN FAILING TO COLLECT REVENUE ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET BECAUSE OF RELUCTANCE OF SOME CLIENTS TO PAY FOR SERVICES. SUCH AS MARKET FEES, SANITATION FEES AND PROPERTY RATES. THIS THEREFORE LEAVES THE COUNCIL HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON THE REVENUE SUPPORT GRANT.

  1. HONOURABLE COUNCILLORS, LET ME NOW PRESENT TO YOU BUDGET ALLOCATION VOTEWISE. THE PERSONNEL EMOLUMENTS TAKES THE LARGEST SHARE OF THIRTY-FIVE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY PULA WHICH IS 75% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THESE ARE EMPLOYEES’ SALARIES, PENSIONS, MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES, WAGES AND END OF CONTRACT BENEFITS. THE SECOND LARGEST SHARE GOES TO ESTABLISHMENT EXPENSES WHICH STANDS AT FOUR MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY –THREE THOUSAND AND FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY PULA WHICH IS 10% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. 9% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET WHICH IS FOUR MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY-THREE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY PULA GOES TO THE RUNNING EXPENSES. THE LAST REMAINING 6% GOES TO SPECIAL EXPENSES AT TWO MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY PULA.

YOUR WORSHIP LET ME NOW TURN TO DEPARTMENTAL ALLOCATION

  1. CIVIC AND MECHANICAL HAS THE LARGEST SHARE OF THE BUDGET AT 20% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THIS INCLUDES DIVISIONS LIKE ROADS, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL. THE SECOND LARGEST SHARE OF 14% GOES TO FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING DEPARTMENT. HUMAN RESOURCE AND ADMINISTRATION GET THE THIRD LARGEST SHARE AT 13% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THE FOURTH LARGEST OF 12% GOES TO COUNCIL MANAGEMENT.

  1. THE REMAINING DEPARTMENTS SHARE 41% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET BEING ARCH & BUILDINGS, FIRE DEPARTMENT ,PHYSICAL PLANNING HOUSING & ESTATE MANAGEMENT , LEGAL SERVICES,SOCIAL & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT,PUBLIC HEALTH, AND LASTLY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

DEVELOPMENT BUDGET

  1. YOUR WORSHIP THE MAYOR, ALLOW ME TO NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE DEVELOPMENT BUDGET. LET ME INFORM YOU THAT THE DISTRICT HAS NOT BEEN ALLOCATED ANY FUNDS TO UNDERTAKE ANY NEW DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. HOW-EVER DEVELOPMENTS ARE UNDERTAKEN THROUGH SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE COMMUNITY CONSTITUENCY PROGRAMME, IPELEGENG, AND ROADS LEVY.

  1. LET ME NOW SUMMARISE THE PROGRESS OF ON-GOING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. THE DISTRICT IS UNDER-TAKING A TOTAL OF 2 PROJECTS UNDER THE COMMUNITY CONSTITUENCY PROGRAM. I AM GLAD TO INFORM YOU THAT THE PROJECTS ARE ON-GOING WITH CONSTRUCTION OF FACTORY SHELLS COMPLETE AND AT DEFECT LIABILITY PERIOD. CONSTRUCTION OF FASHION AND DESIGN LAB IS AT MOBILIZATION STAGE AND EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 2020. THE DISTRICT HAS SUBMITTED PROJECT MEMORANDUM REQUESTING FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CAMP SITE. UNDER ROAD LEVY, THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN ALLOCATED ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND PULA FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF AMBULANCE, ROAD MARKING MACHINE AND CONSTRUCTION OF GABIONS.

  1. BAGAETSHO WE HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FUNDS FOR MAINTENANCE OF SOWA PRIMARY SCHOOL TO THE TUNE OF TWO MILLION, THREE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND AND TWO HUNDRED AND SEVEN PULA. THE TENDER IS AT EVALUATION STAGE. THE DISTRICT IS UNDERTAKING THE MAINTENANCE OF FIRE OFFICES, DISTRICT PARK AND SUPPLIES WAREHOUSE BY GENERAL FUND. ALL PROJECTS ARE PROGRESSING WELL.

  1. THE DISTRICT HAS REQUESTED A TOTAL OF P 650 000.00 FOR SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM. THIS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN CATERS FOR BREAD AND BREAD SPREADS, EGGS, SORGHUM MEAL, SAMP, BEANS, VEGETABLES AND FRUITS FOR PUPILS AT SOWA PRIMARY SCHOOL.

  1. PROJECT MEMORANDUMS REQUESTING FUNDS FOR 2020/2021 FOR PROGRAMS (ORPHAN CARE, CONSTITUENCY AND IPELEGENG) HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL OF FUNDS.

  1. IN CONCLUSION, THE 2020-2021 BUDGET WILL BE A CHALLENGING BUDGET AND THIS SHOULD NOT DETER US FROM GOVERNING FIRMLY AND DELIVERING SERVICES. I URGE ALL STAKEHOLDERS WHO WILL BE TASKED WITH IMPLEMENTING THIS BUDGET TO DO SO WITH DILIGENCE. I ALSO APPEAL TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO PAY FOR SERVICES PROVIDED SO THAT COUNCIL CAN MEET THE BUDGET DEMANDS.
  2. I WISH TO THANK TOWN CLERK AND HER STAFF FOR THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN PREPARATION OF THIS BUDGET.

  1. WITH THAT YOUR WORSHIP I SUBMIT BEFORE THIS COUNCIL SOWA TOWN RECURRENT AND DEVELOPMENT ESTIMATES FOR 2020/21 FINANCIL YEAR FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING.

I THANK YOU