Hilton school charged

2015-09-02 09:48
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THE prestigious Hilton private school Cowan House has been charged by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality after it found that the school had re-instated an “illegal water supply connection”.

The debt incurred by the school as a result of the connection has amounted to over R300 000.

The district municipality’s communications manager, Mbali Ndlovu, said the illegal connection was discovered during a routine check by municipal technicians in January this year. Ndlovu said they are not certain when the connection was made.

In a letter to Cowan House on July 31, the municipality made reference to the illegal connection of the water supply from the municipality’s pipeline in Dennis Shepstone Drive without authorisation.

The letter reads that the uMgungundlovu District Municipality had installed a connection to Cowan House as a temporary measure, and this was later removed once a direct supply to the school was installed. The letter adds that when technicians returned for a follow-up inspection after the removal, it was found that the temporary connection had been re-instated by Cowan House.

“It is against this background that the fine arose,” read the letter.

However, Cowan House principal Rob Odell said the school “does not and has not agreed that it has ever made use of an illegal water connection”.

“The school has always stated that it is necessary for it to pay for the water that it has used. We consider that the connection was made with the permission of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.”

Ndlovu said the school was offered use of the Consumer Debt Relief and Amnesty Programme to assist in paying the R310 243,25 debt owed to the municipality.

“The school has taken up the 50% write-off debt relief programme, which will allow them to receive a 50% discount off the outstanding debt,” she said.

The school has since agreed to pay R155 243,25.

“This matter has already been amicably settled between the uMgungundlovu ­District Municipality and the school on a without prejudice basis,” said Odell

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