FOLLOWING months of to-and-froing on the Ndlambe annual budget the gloves are off, with both the Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum (NRF) and the Port Alfred Residents and Ratepayers Association (Parra) are claiming foul.
The NRF met with Ndlambe finance director Michael Klaas for an update on the budget in mid-May and were told that in order to reduce the deficit the rates increase will be 9% and the rates rebate reduced from 14% to 12%.
On the subject of catering, Parra chairman Dawie van Wyk was incredulous.
“The catering services come to a total of R951 490.33,” he said. “Catering for the mayor is budgeted at R271 500 and that for the municipal manager [Rolly Dumezweni], R273 502.33.”
Read the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town, out on Thursday.