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2024-02-09 12:11 PM

Tshwane Municipality Cracks Down on Delinquent Debtors

  • Tshwane Municipality launches a rigorous campaign targeting delinquent customers, both residential and commercial, to recover over R6 billion owed to the municipality.
  • Significant actions include issuing disconnection notices to defaulting households, imposing fines for meter tampering, and prioritizing recovery from high-end consumers with substantial debts.
  • Escalating debts to essential service providers like Eskom underscore the urgency for robust financial recovery measures, with the municipality emphasizing cooperation from residents and businesses to restore fiscal health.
By Miriam Matoma

In a decisive move to tackle the mounting debt owed to the City of Tshwane, authorities have launched an aggressive campaign targeting delinquent customers, both residential and commercial. The initiative, known as Tshwane Ya Tima revenue-collection campaign, aims to recoup a staggering over R6 billion owed to the municipality.

Jacqui Uys, MMC for Finance, underscored the urgency of the situation, emphasizing that the city’s financial stability hinges on the recovery of outstanding dues. “The campaign targets all non-paying customers, including businesses, individual households, and residential estates,” Uys stated.

Recently, the municipality took concrete actions, issuing 188 disconnection job cards primarily directed at residential households, totaling approximately R50 million in arrears. Prompt disconnection measures were implemented, with 70 accounts immediately severed from services across various areas. Furthermore, the City imposed hefty fines for meter tampering and illegal connections, signaling a zero-tolerance approach towards defaulters.

However, this crackdown represents just the initial phase of the campaign. Uys revealed plans to target around 1,500 high-end consumers with substantial outstanding debts. “We are intensifying our revenue-collection efforts to ensure fiscal sustainability,” Uys declared, urging cooperation from residential estate managers to facilitate unimpeded access for city meter readers.

The financial strain on the municipality is exacerbated by escalating debts to essential service providers like Eskom and Rand Water. Tshwane’s debt to Eskom ballooned to nearly R3.9 billion as of January, a significant surge from R1.1 billion in September 2023. Despite a partial payment of R400 million made in September, the mounting obligations underscore the pressing need for robust financial recovery measures.

Expressing gratitude to timely payers and accountability from residents, Uys called upon defaulting customers to step forward and establish payment arrangements to rectify their accounts. “Financial recovery is non-negotiable for the city’s sustainability. We must expedite efforts to restore financial health,” Uys emphasized.

In a bid to engage the public and foster collaboration, the City of Tshwane plans to intensify its communication efforts, disseminating information about the campaign’s objectives and implications for defaulters. Through targeted outreach and engagement initiatives, the municipality aims to cultivate a culture of compliance and accountability among residents and businesses alike.

Moreover, the city authorities reiterated their commitment to equitable service provision, highlighting the indispensable role of revenue generation in sustaining essential services and fulfilling financial obligations. As Tshwane endeavors to navigate through financial challenges, collective action and adherence to payment obligations emerge as pivotal pillars for driving meaningful progress and ensuring the city’s long-term viability.

In conclusion, the City of Tshwane’s unwavering resolve to address its fiscal woes underscores a proactive approach towards fiscal sustainability. Through decisive measures and community engagement, the municipality endeavors to chart a course towards financial recovery and resilience, safeguarding the interests of its residents and stakeholders in the process.

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Miriam Matoma

Miriam is a freelance writer, she covers economics and government news for Rateweb. You can contact her on: Email: miriam@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @MatomaMiriam