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Debt-ridden Ekurhuleni not able to deliver services

By Doreen Mokgolo

Service delivery in the City of Ekurhuleni is crumbling, and poor financial management has been blamed.

A year after the DA-led coalition took office, service delivery is non-existent, from grass cutting and clean running water to refuse collection and electricity supply.

Driving through the metro one is met by heaps of uncollected rubbish.

Sewage runs through the streets and public facilities like clinics, libraries and service centres are covered with long grass and look abandoned.

In a leaked financial report, which has been seen by Scrolla.Africa, the metro owes Eskom more than R1.2 billion for bulk electricity supply and Rand Water more than R800 million for bulk water supply.

It is alleged that more than R180 million of the City’s employees’ PAYE contributions have not gone to Sars and R170 million of their contribution to their pension funds have also not been paid in.

Contracted service providers have withdrawn their services from the metro as the metro owes over R1.6 billion in unpaid invoices.

Last Wednesday, Eskom decided to cut the electricity connection at Tsakani Library as it is alleged the facility owes the energy provider over R10 million.

The chief whip of the ANC in Ekurhuleni, Jongizizwe Dlabathi, said when the DA-led government took office there was a surplus of R958 million in its coffers but by June they could not account for the money.

“Their biggest challenge is their inability to manage funds,” he said.

On Wednesday the desperate metro intensified its debt collection measures against all account defaulters.

Metro spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said account holders who have yet to pay or make arrangements to settle their debts will have their water restricted and electricity supplies disconnected until proof of payment on their accounts is provided.

He added that they are working together with members of the community to clear all the illegal dumping spots.

“We have dedicated more resources into the areas to ensure that the situation is brought under control.

“Interventions to remedy some of the challenges in the metro are set in place and should yield desired results soon,” he added.

Pictured above: Poor service delivery in Ekurhuleni

Image source: Doreen Mokgolo

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