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Ekurhuleni encourages residents to pay for services

The newly appointed Finance MMC in Ekurhuleni, Jongizizwe Dlabathi, plans to rebuild the city’s finances by creating a payment culture for municipal services among residents.

Dlabathi spoke about the importance of paying for basic services and compared it to residents paying for luxury services like monthly DStv subscriptions.

Dlabathi addressed the media in Germiston on Wednesday and outlined his plans to improve the metro’s financial situation.

He said the city’s total revenue for 2024/25 is expected to be R60.67-billion – an increase from the revised budget of R55.56-billion in 2023/24.

This growth will support development plans and guarantee the delivery of quality services, he said.

“This includes investments in infrastructure, social services and community development. Despite this, we anticipate an operating surplus of R601.9-million.”

Dlabathi, an ANC councillor, was appointed last Friday. The former Finance MMC, Nkululeko Dunga, chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng, was removed from the post last month.

The executive mayor, Nkosindiphile Xhakaza of the ANC, said Dunga was axed because of poor performance.

“We indicated when we took office that all the MMCs would be removed if they failed to perform, regardless of who they are or the party they represent. Dunga failed to attend key meetings and integrate some of the IDPs [integrated development plans], excluding certain wards,” he said.

Xhakaza said if the council failed to approve the municipal budget and financial challenges brought by the DA-led coalition, which they could not address during former mayor Sivuyile Ngodwane’s tenure, what was the use of having a new mayor?

“The budget was rejected by the council twice before it was approved on the third sitting. If we can’t change the budget, what is the use of having a new mayor?” Xhakaza asked.

Pictured above: Executive mayor Nkosindiphile Xhakaza and Finance MMC Jongizizwe Dlabathi.

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