The City’s draft 2020/21 reviewed Integrated Development Plan and Multiyear budget is open for comments.
This year, due to Covid-19, public participation will be through digital platforms. This is in response to Directions No 43291 issued by the Minister of Corporate Governance and Tradition Affairs, in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act 2002.
How the budget is drafted
The budget of a local government is a detailed plan of how it plans to spend funds in line with its objectives, needs and priorities.
While local governments have discretionary planning and budgeting powers, their plans and budgets need to reflect priorities and objectives that are set out in national policies, plans and budgets.
As a result, the local government planning and budget cycle must fit in to the national planning and budgeting cycle.
The City works of, what can be called blueprint, the Growth and Development Plan 2055 – which is the City’s long term plan.
This is broken up into shorter term goals, the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) that covers five years and is further broken down into fiscal year planning called Service Delivery Budget Implementation Plans (SDBIP).
What is the IDP
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a process where municipalities prepare a strategic development plan that covers a five-year period.
It includes the:
- resource allocation, and
- decision-making processes in the municipality.
It also includes the public participation process in which the public is consulted and asked to comment on the proposed plans of the City.
Having your say
The draft IDP and budget, including the approved tariff structure, can be viewed on the City’s website – www.ekurhuleni.gov.za.
All comments and inputs on the draft IDP and budget must be emailed to email@example.com – closing date for these comments is Friday, 22 May 2020.