Mandeni residents urged to pay for services

2018-11-07 06:02
PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeOfficials from the municipality recognised families who pay their rates and have no outstanding debts.

PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeOfficials from the municipality recognised families who pay their rates and have no outstanding debts.

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MANDENI Municipality, together with iLembe District Municipality as well as the KZN Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department, launched the Revenue Enhancement Campaign to urge residents to pay for municipal services at the Sibusisiwe Hall on Friday, October 26.

This campaign is aimed at improving revenue collection by municipalities and was announced by MEC Dube-Ncube in her 2018 Budget Policy speech.

Officials embarked on a door-to-door visit where they engaged community members and shared information on the importance of paying for municipal services.

Apart from revenue enhancement, Mandeni Municipality officials, led by Mayor Sphesihle Zulu, iLembe deputy mayor Dolly Shandu, and iLembe speaker Lucky Makhathini, visited 95-year-old pensioner Agnes Yengwayo, who is the beneficiary of a house that will be built by the municipality in partnership with local firms from Isithebe.

Mayor Zulu reiterated that, as they are leaders of the community, it is their duty and responsibility to change people’s lives.

“As Mandeni Municipality, we have taken a pattern from our national and provincial governments in fighting poverty and making our people’s lives better,” he said.

The municipality is currently owed a total of R184 million in unpaid bills and the mayor also urged community members to take advantage of the 60/40 debt amnesty rebate.

“Community members can come forward and we will meet them halfway to ensure that we relieve them of their debts.

“As of June 30, 2018, the municipality is being owed R184 million by community members.

“The community also has the responsibility of ensuring they pay for their municipal services as this will ensure we continue with service delivery,” said Zulu.

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