MBOMBELA- It has been reported by the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) that municipalities are failing to collect the monies, hence Cogta is working on assisting in facilitating the collection, thereof.
“Statements are going to be sent to households notifying them of how much they owe. This will be mobilised through Integrated Development Plan,” said Cogta spokesperson, Mr George Mthethwa.
He also said that they are planning to apply the process in all the 17 local municipalities in the province. This lack of non-payments is affecting the municipalities and the community. With the help of the rates, the municipalities ares expected to deliver services like water, electricity and sewage disposal. As an encouragement for people to pay for electricity, it is going to be cut down during particular hours.
Lekwa local municipality is in total arrears of R387 030 493, Thaba Chweu R406 800 106, Mkhondo R63 757 534, Dipaleseng R28 869 773, Nkomazi R10 583 671, Govan Mbeki R515 783 269, Emalahleni R1 193 746 628, Msukaligwa R145 751 988, City of Mbombela R133 420 642 and Chief Albert Luthuli R23 145 462.
The department is hoping that this emphasizes the responsibility of consumers to pay for their electricity.