Joburg billing crisis ‘blown out of proportion’

2011-03-05 11:47

The billing crisis in Gauteng had been “blown out of proportion”, according to the head of the portfolio committee on local government and housing in the Saturday Star today.

Errol Magerman, the chairperson of the committee, had visited the City of Johannesburg’s council and said that they had been “frank and honest about some problems”, the newspaper reported.

“It was the implementation of the new system that obviously brought about these problems,” he said.

This follows a billing crisis in the province in which residents had been, among other things, sent bills for inflated amounts and had their services cut off without notice.

Magerman said that the committee would monitor the situation to avoid a repetition and that a report on the billing and revenue problems facing the affected municipalities would be submitted. 

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