Municipality on debt-collection drive

2017-10-27 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoGKM mayor Bheki Mtolo at a media briefing.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoGKM mayor Bheki Mtolo at a media briefing.

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IN a move to boost Greater Kokstad Municipality revenue, leadership has embarked on a campaign­ to educate ratepayers, especially businesses, about importance of ensuring their debts are paid.

A media briefing by GKM mayor, Bheki Mtolo and municipal manager, Lulamile Mapholoba was held in Kokstad on Tuesday and ratepayers were warned to pay municipal rates or else face the consequences.

“The campaign will start in the urban areas and townships to focus on consumers who have not responded to the municipality when asking them to pay their accounts.

The municipality is going door to door to educate consumers about paying their accounts on time and resolve their billing issues,” said Mtolo.

Debtors with the highest outstanding balance include residential consumers followed by commercials, farmers and government. The municipality also encouraged people to pay traffic fines and rates to help get better service delivery like fixing potholes and keeping the environment clean.

“Council staff will spend the whole of October in areas where municipal services are rendered for exchange of revenue under the theme ‘make revenue works for us’,” said Mtolo.

He said the municipality does not want to cut off the electricity of people who fail to pay, they will rather educate them.

He added while municipality goes door to door on defaulting customers, officials will assist consumers, who are unable to pay their municipal accounts for financial reasons, to sign an acknowledgement of debt and arrange to pay an amount they can afford.

Mapholoba asked the media to assist the municipality in this campaign.

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