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Zita Goldswain
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26 Apr 2018
1:14 pm

No more pennies in Mpumalanga municipal coffers

Zita Goldswain

In a recent presentation to the portfolio committee of CoGTA, it was noted that out of 17 local municipalities in the province, 11 were not financially viable.

In a recent statement, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Emalahleni Local Municipality is one of four municipalities in Mpumalanga that are bankrupt.

The opposition party said Emalahleni Local Municipality, Msukaligwa Local Municipality, Lekwa Municipality and the City of Mbombela are bankrupt, Witbank News reports.

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In a recent presentation to the Portfolio Committee of CoGTA, it was noted that out of 17 local municipalities in the province, 11 were not financially viable.

It was also noted that Mpumalanga local municipalities had a debt of more than R8.6 billion, of which R5 billion (85%) was contributed by households as a result of failure to ensure revenue collection and improve the financial management.

The consumer payment rate in eMalahleni is currently 62 percent, and one of the main contributors to this number is the billing system that has for the past 11 months caused nothing but havoc among residents.

“Considering all the municipal assets Emalahleni Local Municipality is not bankrupt,” said municipal spokesperson Kingdom Mabuza.

He said this on the backdrop of the Eskom-debt that broke through the R1.7-billion barrier.

“On average, we pay Eskom between R1 million and R2 million per day. Since July last year to February this year, Eskom has billed us R600 million, and we managed to pay R341 million.”

The municipality owe other creditors R30 million.

James Masango, DA Mpumalanga provincial leader and spokesperson on CoGTA, said R1.8 billion is owed to Emalahleni, the municipality’s net operating loss is R385 million and the current liability exceeding current assets sits at R1.8 billion.

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