TRADITIONAL leaders in the Vhembe district of Limpopo have given a thumbs up to the budget presented by executive mayor Falaza Mdaka.
This was after attending a state of the district address on Friday.
Mdaka presented a budget of more than R1billion, a big chunk of which will go to water and sewerage.
Mdaka said out of the total capital budget of R1,032 million, R589,62 million and R318,74 million would go to water and sewerage projects respectively.
He said R20 million would go towards the refurbishment of water schemes. An amount of R145,61 million would also go to sanitation projects.
"It is a good budget and the shortage of water is a real priority for our people. If this could be addressed our people will have been helped a great deal," Chief Ralph Mphambo said.
Chief Shigamani, whose real names are Bohani Eddie Chauke, echoed these sentiments.
Well-known traditional leader Shilungwa Cydrick Mhinga and Chief Risimati Chauke were cautious in their support for the budget.
Both said they would only support it when it was implemented since a "budget can be announced and not implemented".
Mdaka took the opportunity to send a warning to municipal workers, saying he would not tolerate laziness.