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National Treasury visits George for 2023/24 mid-year budget and performance assessment

Photographed in the Link, George Municipal Main Building are from left George CFO, Riaan Du Plessis; National Treasury, Dr Letsepa Pakkies; Municipal Manager Dr Michele Gratz; Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk; National Treasury, Mandla Gilimani and National Treasury, Sibusiswe Mchani with senior officials from George Municipality and National Treasury standing.

A delegation of National Treasury officials visited George last week for the 2023/24 mid-year budget and performance assessment which focused on the state of services including electricity, waste, and water and sanitation services.

A full day of interactive presentations by each directorate was held on Thursday 22 February. This was followed by site visits on Friday 23 February to the existing 20 Ml/d Water Treatment Works which has been upgraded, the new 20 Ml/d module, a new residual handling facility and the clear water rising main which is in process of being upgraded. The group also visited the Garden Route Dam Pumpstation suction pipe upgrade project and the 1Megawatt Peak (MWp) solar PV plant.

CFO for George, Riaan Du Plessis noted that the Finance Directorate appreciates the opportunity to partner with Nation Treasury in strengthening inter-governmental relations by using engagement such as these to share information and ideas on how we can collectively improve the local government sphere in the Garden Route.

“The session last week provided National Treasury with a valuable opportunity to get a clearer understanding of the practical day-to-day challenges the municipality deals with in ensuring effective service delivery in the current difficult fiscal climate of high interest rates and costs of living. The visit further gives opportunity for National Treasury to visit in person the projects that are funded by the various grants allocated in the Division of Revenue Act,” said Du Plessis.


Civils – 20 Ml/d WTW : Residuals Pumpstation and Settling Tanks

Civils 1 – 20 Ml/d Module 3 and 4 and Existing WTW on Left

Civils 2 – Clearwater Pumpstation – new pumps

Civils 3 – Garden Route Dam Suction Pipework : At pump mains connection chamber – Andre Scheepers, CES Project Manager (BFI) in in the photograph pointing out details to the National Treasury officials.

1 MW Plant: Acting Director Electrotechnical Services, Daniel Greeff with the National Treasury delegation at the 1 Megawatt Peak (MWp) solar PV plant under construction in George.