Municipal finances looking worse

It showed that the municipality’s debtors have increased by a staggering R150 611 010 from 30 June to 30 September this year alone.
Merafong has also not been able to pay off Eskom, which is owed R154 805 623, or Rand Water, which is owed R2 069 219. Its other creditors rose by R25 269 306 from R288 414 299 in August to R313 683 605 in September.
Merafong has lost 41.85 per cent of the electricity it bought from Eskom in September and 45.12 per cent of its water. Although this is slightly better than previous months, the situation is still far from ideal. Alarmingly, three councillors owe the municipality for the services rendered.
Mr Motsisi Phillemon Lefakane owes R9 783.81, V.G. Mhani owes R15 660.77 and K.L. Nabiso owes R9 854.13.
All three of them are paying off their arrears, however.
Members of opposition parties have once again again complained that a house in Dolomite Street in Carletonville, which is registered in the name of the daughter of the executive mayor, Ms Maphefo Mogale-Letsie, is still thousands in arrears.
Meanwhile, M. Mdango is one of the 16 municipal employees who are in arrears with their utility accounts. He owes the municipality R55 573.52.

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