“Pay your municipal levies,” urges Cogta MEC

2018-05-23 06:00
KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu together with municipal officials during the Cogta clean up campaign.PHOTOS: nkosinathi dube

KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu together with municipal officials during the Cogta clean up campaign.PHOTOS: nkosinathi dube

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THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operate Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube together with KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu and iLembe District Mayor Sduduzo Gumede launched the Masakhane Campaign with various stakeholders in an effort to fast track payment for municipal services at Soweto Sports Field in Darnall on Thursday, May 10.

The day’s event started with a clean-up campaign in the CBD, initiated by officials from both municipalities who embarked on a walkabout encouraging the community and businesses to pay for services.

Dube-Ncube joined the campaign around KwaDukuza where they visited businesses which owed the municipality and cleaned some streets which were in a bad state.

Speaking to the media, Mthembu said that the purpose of the campaign is to engage the community and businesses on the importance of paying for municipal services.

“We engaged the office of the MEC and iLembe as we know that iLembe is facing problems with people bypassing water metres, so we decided to go on these visits. One of the businesses we are visiting owes KDM over R300 000 and we have resolved that people need to make arrangements with the municipality. We are not saying they should pay all the money at the same time,” said Mthembu.

Officials then commenced to the Darnall sports field where the MEC and the other stakeholders which included community members the ratepayers associations, iLembe Chamber of Commerce and youth forums were to sign a pledge ensuring the speedy payments for municipal services.

This was part of the department’s ongoing Revenue Enhancement Campaign themed, “Pay Your Levies — Nothing for Mahhala”.

Addressing those in attendance MEC Dube–Ncube said that the campaign seeks to encourage communities to pay their dues for municipal services which are a crucial part of municipal revenue.

“As government, we understand the importance of municipalities delivering services on time. In signing this pledge together with all stakeholders, including big business, we agree that local government is everyone’s business. We are also in agreement that tensions between local Government and ratepayers associations are not helping us to elevate the state of our municipalities.

“As an example, the iLembe District alone is owed R250 million in unpaid municipal bills by big business and government departments. This amount of money, if collected, could go a long way in helping us to deliver better lives for all,” said Dube-Ncube.

The MEC also urged community members to be ambassadors of doing the right thing by paying for levies and services rendered by their respective municipalities.

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