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LOW PAYMENT LEVELS PLACES MUNICIPALITY IN A DIFFICULT POSITION

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LOW levels of payment for services is making it almost impossible for Emalahleni Local Municipality to service the Eskom debt which is above R1.7 billion.

The situation is so dire to an    extent  that residents and business cannot be guaranteed that power will remain on.

The municipality has been placed on an awkward situation which requires that Red Ants pounce on defaulters and disconnect them.

It was reported during Council meeting in June, that from 1 July 2017 to 30 April 2018, Eskom billed the municipality a total of R897, 739,586.03 for bulk electricity supply. During that period Eskom was paid 402 658 709.67. 

The municipality is in arrears of R1, 797,875,769,54 of which R191, 100, 000 is for arrangements made and Eskom’s whopping interests of R117, 815,140,62 levied on overdue account for the 2017/18 financial year.

The Executive Mayor, cllr Linah Malatjie, made a recommendation that Council invite the public and private sector to come and assist the municipality with revenue enhancement strategies.

None of the 34 wards has reached 80% payment rate,  only eight wards are above the 50% payment rate,  14 wards below 20%, and four wards are above the 70% mark  as at 24th of April.

The general picture looks gloomy with ward 01 at 2.53%, ward 02 at 3.32%, ward 03 at 3.61%, ward 04 at 2.79%, ward 05 at 9.73%, ward 06 at 11.17%, ward 07 at 23.24, ward 08 at 21.21%, ward 09 at 19.59%, ward 10 16.86%, ward 11 at 49.19%, ward 12 at 60.83, ward 13 at 24.73%, ward 14 at 8.38%, ward 15 at 7.33%, ward 16 19.95%, ward 17 at 69.22%, ward 18 at 37.53%, ward 19 at 37.53%, ward 20 at 48.68%, ward 21 at 72.17%, ward 22 at 3891%, ward 23 at 13.65%, ward 24 at 70.28%, ward 25 at 21.30%, ward 26 at 59.28%, ward 27 at 54.13%, ward 28 at 10.59%, ward 29 at 15.67%, ward 30 at 32.26%, ward 31 at 8.37%, ward 32 at 21.74%, ward 33 at 76.63%, and ward 34 at 71.30%.

 

Meanwhile, the municipality is developing a realistic repayment plan to settle the money owed to the  Department of Water and Sanitation. To date the department is owed R139, 009,431,45

Issued by EML Communications Unit