Tshwane free WiFi gets extra R1 million budget

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The City of Tshwane has allocated an extra R1 million to its free WiFi programme for the current financial year.

Mayor Solly Msimanga yesterday held a press conference to announce the city’s adjusted budget for this year, which will see allocations from funds rolled over from various projects from the 2015/16 budget.

“During the mid-year assessment visits held on 30 and 31 January 2017, National Treasury raised concerns regarding the City’s financial status and, therefore, recommended that the City must table a funded 2016/17 adjustments budget for approval by Council,” Msimanga said.

“The adjustments budget endeavours to provide for a more realistic and accurate picture due to compelling realities in the implementation of the planned budget during the financial year. As part of the financial turnaround strategy, departments were requested to review their current activities and deliver services in an effective, efficient and economical manner. The expenditure levels were accordingly reduced and aligned to realistic anticipated revenue.”

Free WiFi and broadband received R1 086 882 additional funding.

Other programmes which saw additional funds being allocated include the Public Transport National Grant (R3 999 487), Human Settlement Development Grant (R251 598), Research and Technology (R74 688) and Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (R1 122 769).

Source – City of Tshwane

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