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    Biggest rural council budget approved


    BIKITA – Bikita Rural District Council (RDC) has probably the biggest approved 2016 annual budget for any local rural authority in Masvingo Province at $8,5m.
    Bikita RDC chief executive officer Peter Chibi confirmed this year's budget approved by Abedinico Ncube the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage and said councils must aim high in order to achieve more.
    The average budgets for most rural district councils including the rich Chiredzi RDC is around $3m. One of Bikita's major income-generating projects is a safari operation.
    Bikita RDC also operates a lodge which generates money for it. Under this year's capital expenditure, Bikita is planning to build a conference centre which will see the local authority's earnings from the lodge going up.
    Other money spinning ventures for council are a timber harvesting venture, brick moulding, selling quarry dust and mining," said Chibi.
    He however said, the biggest projected money spinner will be the sale of stands which is expected to rake in $3,8m.
    Council will spend 46% of its total budget on capital expenditure and a huge project there, is the resurfacing of roads which is expected to cost about $500 000.
    Chibi told The Mirror that council will only spend 10% of its total budget on salaries which is way below the Government stipulated maximum for salaries of 30%.
    "A huge sum of money is meant for capital expenditure which is estimated at 3 738 845 00. This constitutes 46% of the total budget. Employment costs are pegged at 10% of the total budget. This falls under the 30:70 ratios as promulgated by the parent ministry," said Chibi.business news
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