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What is a budget?

A budget is a financial plan. It summarises – in financial figures – the planned upcoming financial year by showing the costs (expenses) of these activities, as well as where the money (income) will come from to finance this.

The financial year of South African municipalities runs from 1 July to 30 June. Budgets are prepared by the municipality and must be approved by Council before the new financial year begins. This is after proper planning and consultation with ward committees and other stakeholders. Approval of the budget is one of the most important tasks for councillors, after consultation with ward committees and other stakeholders.

Ward committees and residents should carefully look at the proposed budget that affects their area. The City of Ekurhuleni opens the draft budget annually for residents and interested parties to comment on as part of the public participation process.

How is the budget drafted?  

The budget of a local government is a detailed plan of how it plans to spend funds in line with its objectives, needs and priorities. While local governments have discretionary planning and budgeting powers, their plans and budgets need to reflect priorities and objectives that are set out in national policies, plans and budgets. As a result, the local government planning and budget cycle must fit into the national planning and budgeting cycle.

The City works off, what can be called a blueprint, the Growth and Development Plan 2055 – which is the City’s long-term plan. This is broken up into shorter-term goals, the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) which covers five years and is further broken down into fiscal year planning called Service Delivery Budget Implementation Plans (SDBIP).


The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a process where municipalities prepare a strategic development plan that covers five years. It includes the:

  • planning,
  • budgeting,
  • resource allocation, and
  • decision-making processes in the municipality.

It also includes a public participation process in which the public is consulted and asked to comment on the proposed plans of the City.

What are the CORE services of the municipality?

  • Providing water and sanitation,
  • Supplying electricity,
  • Waste removal,
  • Health services,
  • Roads and stormwater,
  • Real estate – such as grass cutting and parks maintenance, and
  • Sport, recreation arts and culture.

*Note that these are not all the services that are carried out by the municipality.

What is MTREF?

The Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework, or the MTREF, looks at budgets for the various projects/services that the City will carry out in the next financial year – and over the next three years. In short, it means budgeting for planned projects over three years.

Capital and Operating Budgets

The City works with Capital as well as Operating budgets to fund the core services.

The Capital Budget is used to fund the service delivery needs of the community, such as:

  • Construction and upgrading of roads, clinics, libraries,
  • Network enhancement, and
  • Electrification of houses, and the like.

On the other hand, the Operating Budget is used to fund the day-to-day activities of the municipality such as:

  • Bulk purchases of electricity and water,
  • Repairs and maintenance of infrastructure,
  • Grass cutting,
  • Maintenance of parks and recreational facilities, and
  • Metro policing, and the like.

Where does the budget come from?

The main sources of capital budget financing are:

  • External loans  
  • Internal loans
  • Contributions from revenue
  • Government grants –Municipalities may apply to the national government for grants for infrastructure development.
  • Donations and public contributions
  • Public/Private Partnerships

The main sources to finance the operating budget are:

  • Property Rates –Anyone who owns fixed property (land, houses, factories, and office blocks) in the City area are charged property rates, based on the value of each property. Rates income is used to finance general services, such as roads, pavements, parks, streetlights, stormwater management, and the like.
  • Service Charges / Tariffs –this refers to paying for services received from the municipality, ie water, electricity and the like.
  • Fines
  • Equitable share– this refers to the money a municipality gets from the national government each year.


COMMENT ON THE draft reviewed Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the period 2024/25 and the draft Multiyear Budget 2024/25- 2025/26 and 2026/27

You have the opportunity to view and comment on the City’s IDP and municipal budget, as part of the public participation process.

The draft IDP and budget documents are below, and you can comment through the ‘Comment’ form.

The deadline for all comments is 19 April 2024


Have Your Say In The City’s Budget And IDP

Communities are urged to participate in the process through their respective ward councillors. The City’s draft 2024/25 reviewed Integrated Development Plan and the 2024/25 – 2026/27 Multiyear budget is open for comments.

The draft IDP and budget, including the approved tariff structure, can be viewed at all public libraries, customer care centres and on the City’s website. For comments and inputs on the draft IDP and budget follow this link https://forms.office.com/r/PbYERaYjpq or email budgettips@ekurhuleni.gov.za  by 19 April 2024.

Public engagements take place from 9 – 19 April, as follows:


DateCCATimeVenueDeployment of Convenor/Facilitator/Chairperson

1.     Tuesday

09 April 2024

Duduza18:30Duduza Multi-Purpose CentreChairperson Nkgopotse Mekgwe

2.     Tuesday

09 April 2024

Boksburg18:30Reiger Park Comm HallChairperson Pelisa Nkunjana Chairperson Thomas Mofokeng

3.     Tuesday

09 April 2024

Katlehong 118:30D H Williams HallChairperson Julius Mdluli

4.     Wednesday

10 April 2024

Katlehong 218:30Palm Ridge HallChairperson Mziyanda Mketsu Chairperson Izak Berg

5.     Wednesday

10 April 2024

Etwatwa18:30Stompie Skosana HallChairperson Pelisa Nkunjana

6.     Wednesday

10 April 2024

Kwathema18:30Kwathema Civic HallChairperson Dora Mlambo

7.     Thursday

11 April 2024

Germiston18:30Germiston City HallChairperson Khehla Madlala

8.     Thursday

11 April 2024

Brakpan18:30Brakpan Sports CentreChairperson Mandla Moloko Chairperson Siphumule Ntombela

9.     Thursday

11 April 2024

Tembisa 118:30Rabasotho HallChairperson Julius Mdluli

10. Friday

12 April 2024

Edenvale18:30Sam Hlalele HallChairperson Jane Nhlapo-Koto

11. Friday

12 April 2024

Springs18:30Springs Supper HallChairperson Siyabonga Moloi Chairperson John Senona

12. Saturday

13 April 2024

Civic Organisations10:00Alberton Civic HallChairperson Mziyanda Mketsu Chairperson Joe Mojapelo

13. Monday

15 April 2024

Alberton18:30Alberton Civic HallChairperson Sipho Ngobese

14. Monday

15 April 2024

Kempton Park18:30Kempton Park City HallChairperson Lethabo Rachidi

15. Monday

15 April 2024

Nigel18:30Mackenzie HallChairperson Jeremia Maraba

16. Tuesday

16 April 2024

Tsakane18:30Farranani Multi-PurposeChairperson Dora Mlambo

17. Tuesday

16 April 2024

Thokoza18:30Sam Ntuli Community CentreChairperson Mziyanda Mketsu

18. Tuesday

16 April 2024

Benoni18:30Actonville Community HallChairperson Sipho Ngobese

19. Wednesday

17 April 2024

Vosloorus18:30J Dumani Hall (Vosloorus Civic Hall)Chairperson Khehla Madlala


Draft Budget 2024/25

A-F (20-2024 ) Annexure G Service Level Standards81April 9, 2024
Annexure D -2024_25 Draft SDBIP113April 9, 2024
A-F (20-2024)Annexures E Reviewed Budget Related Policies and By-Laws62April 9, 2024
Annexure A -COE 2024-2025 AMENDED IDP 25 March 2024 COUNCIL final 2 (002)125April 9, 2024
A-F (20-2024)Annexures F Tariffs181April 4, 2024
A F (20-2024) Resolution68April 2, 2024
Item A-F (20-2024) MTREF and IDP – final182April 2, 2024
A -F (20-2024) Annexures B 2024_25 Draft Budget Book147April 2, 2024
A-F (20-2024)Annexures C 2024_25 Draft Capital Budget per ward198April 2, 2024