Govt depts pay city R11?mln

2010-08-28 00:00

BY 4 pm yesterday the Msunduzi Municipality had received at least R11 million of the R101 million owed by defaulting government departments.

City administrator Johann Mettler said the threatened disconnections would not happen this weekend. He said money had been coming into the city’s coffers, but as it was coming via the KZN Treasury Department, they did not know from whom yet. He said they will know on Monday and will decide on a way forward then. The money received so far was R8 million from the Durban Institute of Technology (DUT) and R3 million from the KZN Public Works Department, paid on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the KZN cabinet is being proactive in resolving the issue of monies owed to the municipalities. A task team formed at the instruction of the cabinet reported yesterday that it is making headway

Herman Conradie of the KZN Treasury said since the formation of the task team, 37 municipalities had made contact with the team to present cases of monies owed.

He said a further 22 have still to submit reports on how much, if any, they are owed.

According to Conradie, the tally of money owed was R970 million by the end of April this year. However, of this amount, accounts being disputed or needing further investigation total R706 million. The balance of R264 million was in the process of being settled as R91 million was paid by the end of June and R173 million is to be settled by the end of August, he said.

Among the disputed accounts are monies owing on hostels in Durban, and Ingonyama Trust land.

 

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