Water cuts loom for defaulting municipalities – minister

No mercy will be shown to 30 municipalities owing the Department of Water and Sanitation R10.7bn, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has warned. Mokonyane said at least 30 municipalities would experience water cuts if they failed to pay their debts before December 8. These include Matjhabeng local municipality[…]

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New homeowners not liable for old owners’ unpaid bills

The Constitutional Court has saved new homeowners from being held liable for the debts of their predecessors on the property. In a unanimous judgment, the court ruled on Tuesday that municipalities can no longer saddle new homeowners with rates, water or electricity bills left by previous owners. A number of[…]

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Radebe: Govt will continue to fund municipalities

National government will continue to fund municipalities so that they could maintain infrastructure, despite the fact that four big metros are no longer under the rule of the governing party, said Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe. Radebe was briefing the media on key[…]

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Municipalities have a week to hold first meeting

Municipalities have until August 24 to hold their first council meeting after the August 3 elections, the ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said on Tuesday. The clock started ticking on August 10 when the results of the local government elections were gazetted, said Cogta Minister David Van Rooyen. The[…]

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Municipalities owe Eskom R10.8 billion

Municipalities around the country owed Eskom R10.8 billion at the end of June, according to Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The department is engaging with all parties concerned to find a constructive solution to the challenge,” he said this week in a written reply to a parliamentary question. According to[…]

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