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Mpumalanga municipality misses deadline to pay Rand Water R111m

The Victor Khanye Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, which provides services to Delmas, Sundra,
Eloff and Rietkol, has missed its deadline for the payment of R111m in
outstanding debt to Rand Water.

This comes after Rand Water said
in a statement on Thursday last week that it would reduce water pressure to the
municipality by 40% and subject it to credit control measures if the deadline
was missed.

In an attempt to get clarity from
the municipality about the situation, the Delmas community submitted a
petition, signed by 3 000 people, addressed to the Mpumalanga treasury, the
municipality and Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Mandla Msibi.

But Democratic Alliance (DA)
councillor in the municipality Diane Bath said even they were struggling to get
answers on the water crisis from the mayor, Eva Makabane, and the acting
municipal manager, Thabitha Matladi.

‘Still not enough’

Most
residents rely on communal JoJo tanks for their water. The tanks have been put
in strategic areas, Bath said.

“These
tanks are filled twice daily, but it is still not enough as there are many
private residences and government institutions in the area.”

Rand Water has threatened to
throttle the water supply to about 90% if an acceptable payment plan is not
presented.

An official at the municipality, who
did not want to be named, told News24 that the municipality was trying to get
R7m to settle this month’s water account.

The municipality did not respond
to written questions sent to them by News24.

George Mthethwa of the Department
of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs said a meeting between the MEC,
the municipality and Rand Water would be held on Thursday.

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