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City of Tshwane disconnects services
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‘Others should follow suit’: City of Tshwane lauded for revenue collection campaign

The City of Tshwane has been disconnecting water and electricity at various government departments, SOEs and businesses.

City of Tshwane Mamelodi held hostage

City of Tshwane disconnects services
Photo: Twitter @CityTshwane

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and COGTA, Lebogang Maile has commended the City of Tshwane for its “aggressive” revenue collection campaign. The campaign seeks to disconnect services to defaulting clients who defaulted on their municipal accounts. 

This week, the City of Tshwane municipality embarked on the campaign which is led by acting City Manager, Mmaseabata Mutlaneng. Various government departments, businesses and homeowners owed the municipality over R17 billion. 


Lebogang Maile said the City of Tshwane was on course. 

“You can’t have the government and the private sector defaulting on their municipal bills yet carry on as if it is business as usual.

The citizens as well, must commit to paying however little they have and those who can afford must pay in full.”

Lebogang Maile

Maile also said revenue generation sustains municipalities and allows them to render basic services. It can’t be right that some pay and some don’t. Yes, the municipalities must be sensitive to the plight of the poor and those whose businesses have been severely impacted by the COVID pandemic.

“In fact, municipalities across the province should follow suit. Bearing in mind we are a developmental state and therefore must take into consideration those who cannot afford to pay but they too must enter into agreements where payment plans are made to address their areas.” 

It should be noted that a number of establishments have since settled their accounts. This includes government departments and businesses whose services were disconnected.

According to the municipality, arms maker, Denel, Forest Hill Mall (which owed R4 million), the building that houses the South African National Defense Force Navy (which owed over R3 million) are amongst those who have settled their debts after services were disconnected.

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