The intention is to ensure that the competitiveness of these small towns is enhanced, in order to attract investment and to retain the current investors. A total budget of R 342, 2 million has been spent in the past MTEF and a budget of R 108, 497 million has been set aside in the 2013/14 financial year to continue supporting the municipalities in driving the rehabilitation initiative.
To-date, a total of 2500 employment opportunities have been secured through the programme. We had initially set ourselves a target of supporting 6 additional towns; however this target was exceeded by 3 additional towns. This brings a total number of towns supported to date to 27 and a further 6 will be prioritised in 2013/14.
Formalisation of Towns
Regarding the formalisation of towns, good progress has been made which has led to the formalisation of Ndwedwe and Maphumulo. Other municipalities that have been assisted through this program include Jozini municipality in the development of Ndumo and Ingwe municipality with the adoption of schemes for Creighton, Donnybrook and Creighton.
In the coming financial year, 13 towns, namely, Manguzi, Mbazwana, Jozini, Hlabisa, Ntambanana, Tugela Ferry, Pomeroy, Imbumbulu, Dududu, Turton, Weenen, Ekuvukeni and Charlestown have been identified for formalisation.
|Small Town Rehab Presentation to 2010 Municipalities|
|Small Town Rehab Report|