Mystery of ‘urgent’ millions of rand municipal equipment

2015-11-04 06:00

MYSTERY surrounds the urgent purchase of equipment worth R22 million by Umvoti Municipality which cannot be registered.

At a special Exco meeting last Friday, acting CFO Mrs S. Ngiba, in a comprehensive and detailed report on the municipality’s financial situation, clarified a number of issues.

However, this equipment is surrounded by mystery. Apart from anything else, a large concrete mixer truck was delivered when the department concerned required a normal towable concrete mixer. No information was given as to:

• who ordered this equipment;

• why was it done in such a hurry;

• why was an agency not used rather than a private supplier; and

• who accepted delivery of the wrong equipment.

Apart from these queries, apparently the municipality does not have qualified operators for this equipment.

There were many points of interest, but unfortunately space does not permit coverage.

However, the question of incorrect billing has adversely affected many residents as well as impacting negatively on the municipality’s cash flow.

According to the acting CFO, these incorrect billings resulted from the data migration when the system was changed from the Dolphin in January.

However, she said very single account will be broken down and analysed - the design of the system, Sage, which had replaced Dolphin was being restructured by the service provider­ to counter the problems – all this would be at the municipality’s cost.

Mrs Ngiba was hopeful that the billing errors would be sorted­ out by the end of the month.

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