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Finance MMC kicks off operation to recover R24bn owed to CoE

This initiative focuses on optimising the collection of rates and taxes and ensuring accountability for essential service beneficiaries, especially in basic services like electricity and water.

The City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) launched operation Siyacima Manje-Namhlanje on August 18.

This is a campaign aimed at recovering over R24b owed to the municipality.

The MMC for Finance, Nkululeko Dunga, led the launch. In his maiden budget speech, he gave an undertaking to pull all stops to recover all the money owed to the municipality through the operation.

On the same day the operation launched, the municipality disconnected a property in Bedfordview for owing the metro close to R800 000.

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The CoE finance department led this initiative. It involved a team of dedicated officials from various departments, including energy, water services, by-law enforcement and the EMPD.

“Revenue enhancement is central to our departmental mandates. This initiative focuses on optimising the collection of rates and taxes and ensuring accountability for essential service beneficiaries, especially in basic services like electricity and water.

“Operation Siyacima Manje-Namhlanje targets major debtors, including companies, SOEs, and government departments.

“We have run out of patience and are going to switch off electricity for people who are using electricity, can afford to pay for it, yet choose not to pay,” said Dunga.

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