Govt owes municipalities R5.4bn for water

2016-03-04 22:30


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Johannesburg – Government owes municipalities a staggering R5.4bn for water, the SA Local Government Association said on Friday.

This was however just a fraction of the R115bn ordinary South Africans and the private sector owed, Salga chair Thabo Manyoni said at the release of the 2015 Water Services Municipal benchmarking report in Johannesburg.

The R115bn included interest.

“The bulk of the debt is from the private sector and ordinary South Africans. We have to keep in mind that the economy is rapidly declining and municipalities have people who are unemployed,” he said.

Non-payment was not only the result of poverty, and there were people and institutions who could afford to pay.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel said mechanisms were in place to ensure that government departments paid their debts to municipalities.

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