Concerns over ‘Black Month’ discounts

2017-12-06 06:01
The advert placed by Msunduzi Municipality.PHOTO: supplied

The advert placed by Msunduzi Municipality.PHOTO: supplied

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RESIDENTS have raised concerns about the municipal “Black Month” discount on outstanding arrears.

The Msunduzi Municipality’s advert in a newspaper on November 24 offered up to a 50% discount on outstanding arrears from November 23 to December 22, however, in a council meeting last week the date was changed from December 4 to January 4, 2018

Residents have criticised the municipality for offering people, who owe them money, a discount.

Ntokozo Nzimande lives in Pelham said although it’s good that the municipality is doing something to help its people, she feels it’s unfair to those whose municipal accounts are not in arrears.

“We appreciate what the municipality is doing, but the way they are doing it is not right. If they want to give people a discount it must be for everyone, not only for those in arrears,” she said.

James Malinga from Scottsville said he is not impressed with what the municipality is doing.

“They are just encouraging people not to pay their debt. If this is their plan to encourage people to pay what they owe them, then they are asking for trouble because no one will pay on time.”

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said this is a way of reducing the escalation in the debtors’ book and increase municipal revenue.

“People must come forward to avoid the next step, being ‘handed over’, which will ultimately result in the attachment of their assets,” she said.

Mafumbatha said regular payers will be getting a one percent deduction from their total debt. She said regular payers must watch “the space” because there is going to be a big surprise for them.

“We encourage our citizens to keep their accounts fully paid. This is a campaign that will be going throughout Pietermaritzburg to encourage people to use this opportunity and pay their debt.”


• 50% discount on services arrears due as at June 2017 for domestic debtors

• 30% discount on services arrears due as at June 2017 for business debtors

• 100% discount on interest outstanding on rates arrears

• discount is only available provided the debt is paid in full, and no payment arrangements will be allowed.

For discount inquiries, call 033 3922 3078 or email


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