Newcastle Local Municipality (KZN252)

  • OVERVIEW

    Contact Details

    Postal: Private Bag X6621, Newcastle, 2940
    Physical: 37 Murchison Street, Newcastle
    Tel: 034 328 7600
    Fax: 034 312 1570
    Web: www.newcastle.gov.za

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    Geography, History and Economy

    Area: 1 855km²
    Description: The Newcastle Local Municipality is a Category B municipality situated within the Amajuba District. It is located in the inland region on the north-west corner of KwaZulu-Natal, a few kilometres south of the Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng Province borders, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. It is one of three municipalities in the district, making up a quarter of its geographical area.
     Newcastle is the third-largest urban centre in KwaZulu-Natal and is categorised as a secondary city. The town was strategically placed, in 1854, by the Surveyor General of the Natal Colony, Dr PC Sutherland. The town was later known as the Waterfall River Township because of the Ncandu River. In 1864, the town of Newcastle was founded on the site, becoming the fourth town to be established in Natal. The town was named after the British Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Newcastle.
     Newcastle functioned as a major transport junction and popular stopover for wagons and post-chaises during the late 1800s. In 1890, the first train arrived in Newcastle. In 1891, Newcastle was declared a borough. The discovery of coal brought a new era of prosperity to the town and several ambitious building projects were planned for Newcastle in the late 1900s.

    Cities/Towns: Charlestown, Newcastle
    Main Economic Sectors: Manufacturing (27%), general government (17.6%), wholesale and retail trade (14%), business services (10.2%), finance and insurance (6.9%)
  • MAP

  • MANAGEMENT

    Political Management

    Composition of Council: ANC 41, IFP 11, DA 6, EFF 5, AZAPO 1, PRM 1, RLP 1, VF PLUS 1
    Controlling Party: ANC
    Mayor: Mr Makhosini Nkosi
    Other Members of Council: E M Nkosi (Mayor and Finance), J C N (Speaker), D P Sibiya (Community Services), E J Cronje (Community Services), R N Mdluli (Corporate Services), V V Bam (Corporate Services), M Shunmugam (Development Planning and Human Settlements), N A Zwane (Finance), R M Molelekoa (Technical Services), M S Thwala (Technical Services)

    Administrative Management

    Municipal Manager: Mr Bhekani Errol Mswane
    Chief Financial Officer: Sisho Nkosi (Acting)
    Communications Officer: Ms N Vinkumbo (Director: IT and Communications)
    LED Officer: Mr Ferdie Alberts
    Other Senior Management: D R Molefe (Acting Strategic Director: Corporate Services), S Nkosi (Acting Strategic Director: Budget and Treasury Office), L Zincume (Acting Strategic Executive Director: Technical Services), N Thusi (Strategic Executive Director: Development Planning and Human Settlements), M Sithole (Strategic Executive Director: Community Services)
  • DEMOGRAPHIC
      20162011
    Population 389 117363 236
    Age Structure
    Population under 15 33.9%32.2%
    Population 15 to 64 62.5%63.3%
    Population over 65 3.6%4.5%
    Dependency Ratio
    Per 100 (15-64) 60.158.0
    Sex Ratio
    Males per 100 females 91.890.8
    Population Growth
    Per annum 1.56%n/a
    Labour Market
    Unemployment rate (official) n/a37.4%
    Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 n/a49.0%
    Education (aged 20 +)
    No schooling 5.8%7.1%
    Matric 38.7%33.1%
    Higher education 10.2%11.2%
    Household Dynamics
    Households 90 34784 272
    Average household size 4.34.2
    Female headed households 48.2%47.5%
    Formal dwellings 89.1%91.1%
    Housing owned 62.9%52.0%
    Household Services
    Flush toilet connected to sewerage 62.7%55.8%
    Weekly refuse removal 65.5%71.0%
    Piped water inside dwelling 43.4%50.0%
    Electricity for lighting 94.8%87.2%

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • FINANCIAL
    All values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
    AUDIT OUTCOME n/aQualified audit opinionQualified audit opinionQualified audit opinion
    FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    Property rates214 714209 013175 479165 197
    Service charges914 751833 255798 617718 418
    Investment revenue12 51716 24917 89794 393
    Transfers recognised - operational467 502297 305434 932367 927
    Other own revenue37 57142 90129 28615 825
    Total Revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)1 647 0551 398 7221 456 2111 361 759
    Employee costs489 601359 263353 489251 157
    Remuneration of councillors18 45320 12418 19117 225
    Depreciation & asset impairment459 334305 859262 791255 513
    Finance charges66 14133 54211 3257 300
    Materials and bulk purchases513 530479 491438 846383 643
    Transfers and grants--46 561-
    Other expenditure1 021 296326 673290 304377 298
    Total Expenditure2 568 3551 524 9511 421 5061 292 135
    Surplus/(Deficit)(921 300)(126 229)34 70469 624
    Transfers recognised - capital-123 134--
    Contributions recognised - capital & contributed assets----
    Surplus/(Deficit) after capital transfers & contributions(921 300)(3 095)34 70469 624
    Share of surplus/(deficit) of associate-281 208--
    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year(921 300)278 11334 70469 624
    CAPITAL EXPENDITURE & FUNDS SOURCES
    Capital expenditure306 804341 121415 134245 912
    Transfers recognised - capital141 049122 560220 909100 879
    Public contributions & donations----
    Borrowing76 535174 68973 23023 540
    Internally generated funds89 22143 873120 995121 493
    Total sources of capital funds306 804341 121415 134245 912
    FINANCIAL POSITION
    Total current assets506 6501 165 620941 684754 284
    Total non current assets7 912 6064 477 6152 782 6312 793 657
    Total current liabilities439 888385 326388 618306 925
    Total non current liabilities605 419606 326340 898192 736
    Community wealth/Equity7 373 9494 651 5832 994 7993 048 279
    CASH FLOWS
    Net cash from (used) operating24 16797 823(872 448)271 913
    Net cash from (used) investing(308 750)(341 819)676 826(356 260)
    Net cash from (used) financing(11 656)256 901171 6664 039
    Cash/cash equivalents at the year end44 573340 813327 907351 864
    UNAUTHORISED, IRREGULAR, FRUITLESS & WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE
    Unauthorised expendituren/a---
    Irregular expendituren/a33 31457 20355 033
    Fruitless & wasteful expendituren/a4-203
    SOURCES71 AuditedS71 AuditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • EMPLOYMENT
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Employment
    Employment Costs (R’000) 359 263353 489251 157230 601
    Remuneration of councillors (R’000) 20 12418 19117 22516 193
     
    Total Employee Positions 1 6711 6732 6932 504
    Total Vacant Employee Positions 1311339551 042
    Total Vacancy Percentage 7.84%7.95%35.46%41.61%
     
    Managerial Positions - S57 1010109
    Vacant Managerial Positions - S57 1101
    Managerial Positions - by organogram 35356051
    Vacant Managerial Positions - by organogram 551210
    Community And Social Service Positions 8787120120
    Vacant Community And Social Service Positions 10102354
    Finance And Administration Positions 171171224244
    Vacant Finance And Administration Positions 11118494
    Electricity Positions 787898104
    Vacant Electricity Positions 883437
    Enviromental Protection Positions 12123535
    Vacant Enviromental Protection Positions 991313
    Health Positions 00118
    Vacant Health Positions 00016
    Public Safety Positions 19319383274
    Vacant Public Safety Positions 101050124
    Road Transport Positions 214214173590
    Vacant Road Transport Positions 343465293
    Sport And Recreation Positions 256256513547
    Vacant Sport And Recreation Positions 1414271272
    Waste Management Positions 266266437339
    Vacant Waste Management Positions 14146785
    Waste Water Management Positions 13132121
    Vacant Waste Water Management Positions 1166
    Water Positions 1861881900
    Vacant Water Positions 0200
    Other Positions 150150728152
    Vacant Other Positions 141433037

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • SERVICE DELIVERY
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Water
    Blue Drop Score n/a89.06n/a96.50
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYesYesYes
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 90 74784 27284 27279 151
    Number of domestic households/delivery points 84 26977 79477 79472 673
    Inside the yard 71 63471 63443 69736 258
    Less than 200m from yard 12 6356 16018 20036 415
    More than 200m from yard 0015 8970
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 18 73518 41521 77322 559

    Electricity
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYesYesYes
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 81 41281 41278 89569 896
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 18 73518 41521 77322 559

    Sewerage and Sanitation
    Green Drop Score n/an/a00
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYesYesYes
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 83 66981 30580 30572 837
    Number of households using
    Flush toilet - public sewerage 61 52547 03446 03436 258
    Flush toilet - septic tank 01 7041 70416 982
    Ventilated pit latrine 21 75523 7177 83618 341
    Bucket system 0000
    Other 07 83623 7170
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 18 73518 41521 77322 559

    Solid Waste Services
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 61 21247 73047 72454 710
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 18 73518 41521 77322 559

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Key Projects

    Newcastle Small Business Week; quarterly SMME development workshops; ICT incubator development; manufacturing incubator development; Madadeni CBD Development Programme; Osizweni CBD Development Programme; revitalisation of the rail network; revitalisation of the Newcastle Airport; establishment of the hydroponic project.
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