Better management, more services - Polokwane mayor

2016-07-16 14:07
A school that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent, file)

A school that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent, file)

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Polokwane - Improving its financial affairs has meant the Polokwane local municipality has been able to deliver services to its residents, mayor Thembisile Nkadimeng says.

“We first dealt with making sure that the municipality is financially viable. We dealt with our debtors. We are one of a few municipalities in the province that doesn’t owe the water authority or Eskom. We are able to pay them within seven days,” she told New24.

This was thanks to strong credit control and debt collection management. They had saved about R200m in the current financial year due to credit control measures, she said.

Five Limpopo departments were placed under administration in 2011 - the provincial treasury, education, roads and transport, public works, and health and social development.

This was due to financial mismanagement and maladministration. In some cases service providers were being paid twice a week, which led to cash-flow problems. National Treasury returned control of these departments to the province in 2015.

Getting their affairs in order had meant water and electricity could be provided and roads tarred. The number of villages connected to the power grid had increased from 67% at the start of her term in 2011, to 89% at present, she said.

In the last financial year a further 22 villages were connected to the grid.

Nkadimeng said the municipality was spending R40m each financial year on tarring roads and was seeking more money.

“Our main targets are the bus and taxi routes plus main roads in our villages,” she said.

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