Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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10 May 2022
3:58 pm

Emfuleni blame R65 million overtime bill on shortage of staff and resources

Sipho Mabena

The municipality’s water and sanitation crisis has been blamed on the entity's lack of water strategy.

Rand Water employees installing a valve rig on the B11 pipeline as part of the 54 hours maintance and augmantion work which commerced on the 15th November 2021. Photo: Sibanda

Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng has blamed the whopping R65 million overtime payment to its water entity employees, despite the escalating water and sanitation crisis, on a shortage of staff and resources. The Citizen has reported how the embattled municipality spent a total of R65,832,014.47 on overtime for Metsi-a-Lekoa employees in the last four financial years despite losing more than half (about 56%) of its water at the annual cost of R500 million. The entity’s workers pocketed a total of R17,959,165.26 in bonuses for the 2018/2019 financial year, R19,633,849.46 in 2019/2020, R17,637,412.99 in 2020/2021 and R10,601,586.76 in the 2021/2022 financial...