Joburg running out of money: DA

2011-11-09 14:16

Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg is facing a liquidity crisis because it is not collecting enough revenue, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.

"The city is on a knife's edge," caucus leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"This is due largely to a dysfunctional revenue department that cannot arrange for the correct reading [of bills]."

He called on the city to beef up its revenue department and set up a team to collect R13bn in outstanding debt.

  • Myancmyfuture - 2011-11-09 14:26

    Something is wrong in that City,

      David - 2011-11-09 14:36

      It won't be long before Joburg becomes famous as the "Dark City",once the aNC council fails to pay its bills. That's it.. I'm moving to Cape Town!

      Piet - 2011-11-09 14:39


      Oneant - 2011-11-09 14:41

      "The City of Johannesburg is facing a liquidity crisis because it is not collecting enough revenue" != "The City of Johannesburg is facing a liquidity crisis because of inefficiency and wasteful expenditure"

      Chrono - 2011-11-09 14:55

      A world class African City!

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-09 14:59

      Maybe the problem is not the enough collecting as spending too much ?

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-11-09 15:28

      DA is trying to divert the attention from their Midvaal scandal.

      Jeff - 2011-11-09 15:37

      Too many people living on freebies. The minority supports the majority. That is what is wrong.

      Iwan - 2011-11-09 15:49

      Tshifhiwa, please tell us what the Public Protector had to say about Midvaal. Didn't Midvaal receive its 8th unqualified audit from the Auditor-General and didn't it increased rates collection to 100%. Mmmm, I can't hear you....what's that?

      pramod.otham - 2011-11-09 16:28

      Well i wont be suprised they dont send out bills for a year then when they do its always interim readings of meters then comes along the crew to disconnect you. when you call them to find out what is happening then you are told pay first and we (the city of joburg) will fix the issue later

      Levett - 2011-11-09 16:30

      Freeze management salaries untill their house is in order again

      Jarryd - 2011-11-09 18:03

      our biggest city facing a liquidity crises, am i the only one hearing alarm bells?

      Sean - 2011-11-09 18:35

      @ Tshifhiwa and the rest of the ANC followers ! Just shows you how ingnorant and blind you are ! You fools believe all the bullsh@t they feed you , you vote for them and they just fill there own pockets and don`t give a sh@t. In simple english so these woodwork masters can also understand - You buy a new car , then you must put da oil , da water and da fuel in the car , you can`t just use the car and expect it will drive forever ! You must also service da car ! Understood ? FFS ! What a banana republic !!

  • Tjaart - 2011-11-09 14:27

    No surprises there... Didn't you just report that the Egoli bacteria are running wild? Or was that E'coli...? Okay whatever lets focus on the important issue here - bacteria.

      Ronald - 2011-11-09 15:58

      Balls 1-15 must unite against racism/white supremacy, the numberless ball. People of colour unite!

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 16:33


      Tjaart - 2011-11-09 16:45

      My dearest brother ball - if but only the people of colour WOULD unite we would not be faced with issues to likes of "jo'burg running out of money"! Would we!? Are you honestly going to sit there and tell me you dont grasp that very simple concept...? Now please go tell balls 1-15 that ball infinity says that the time to take proper action has long since come and gone...

      Sean - 2011-11-09 18:39

      Something boggles my mind ? Why do so many black people still say that they wished apartheid was still around because they had better living conditions that time ?? This is no joke !! Just goes to show how pathetic the ANC government is . All they can do is make empty promises and rob the country dry !!

      Josh - 2011-11-10 03:14

      Sean..which black person wants to see APARTHEID again...are you sure it is not you projecting your issues undo others...which black person wants to to be scared at the sight of them being black? come..on stop spreading lies "why do so many black people" I mean really

  • Iwan - 2011-11-09 14:29

    Ag, lekker man. Kom ons 100 miljoen sal genoeg wees.

  • Rebecca - 2011-11-09 14:31

    Well I am not surprised. The last time my electricity or water meter was actually read by the council was in May 2009, so they have been averaging my bills since then! How can you get the same account in winter as to summer? Maybe if they actually went out and did their jobs they might be in a better position.

      Karmah - 2011-11-09 15:43

      That's if they are even qualified to do their jobs, and know how to do them

      uwe.klopfer - 2011-11-09 16:07

      @rebecca : i would suggest you go check your own meters, check what their accounts say and calculate the difference and start saving it up, should you have used more than what they have estimated. Somewhere along the line they going to take a reading and you aint going to like a R 120 000+ account.. and you DID use it... but yes, the BBBBEEEEE company that got the tender to do reading just get the old days the municipality did its own readings...sound like job creation and a gravy train !

  • Chris - 2011-11-09 14:31

    That will never happen. They still have us to milk.

  • craigtjames - 2011-11-09 14:31

    "This is due largely to a dysfunctional revenue department that cannot arrange for the correct reading [of bills]." No, this cannot be. With our up to date systems and people who are serious about walking the straight and narrow? Next chapter - SA bankrupt,running out of taxpayers money - News caption "This is largely due to the government failing to apply the money where it should be applied, and rather spending it on yet planes, holidays, parties, upgrading houses, new cars for government officials. And lastly, the constant cost of Malema's rehabilitation, SA's new president!!!

      Ann - 2011-11-09 14:37

      Excellent summation - couldn't have said it better Craig!

      craigtjames - 2011-11-09 14:41

      oh sorry, it should be jet planes, not yet planes:-(

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  • Missionman - 2011-11-09 14:39

    How can they expect to collect the money when this debt to them is largly based on estimated billings which are largly over estimated. When they need money the just inflate the amount of the estimate making it unaffordable for people to pay. All tarriffs are too high anyway and we get nothing for it. All infrastructure is being destroyed not repaired or maintained so where is all the money going.........

      tienie.vorster1 - 2011-11-09 17:54

      this is what is happening in Pretoria aswell and on elect. the more you use the more you pay so you can sponser the non-payers

  • Silver - 2011-11-09 14:39

    Is dysfunctional now the politically correct term for incompetent and/or lazy?

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2011-11-09 14:43

    joburg in debt? ...wonder why...oh the anc is having a 100 million party thats why

  • B Viljoen - 2011-11-09 14:45

    Maybe its because of the 100m ANC party ?

  • Hasane - 2011-11-09 14:48

    Free water, free electricity and free houses, then what do they expect?

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-09 14:49

    It is just so nice to see that we are at least warned by this pending disaster - by the DA none the less. They are the ones making SA better for all. The ANC does not have a clue. Factions within the ANC and those buggers only care about themselves, mal-administration and no qualifications these are all the things that is killing our beautiful country softly. The sooner everyone realises that the sooner we can build on a brighter future for all.

  • Deon - 2011-11-09 14:58

    There maybe an attorney from Midvaal that could help.

  • Multi - 2011-11-09 14:58

    "the bulk of which actually happen to form part of our business sector, some of which happen to be GOVERNMENT departments that are refusing to pay the city" So govt isn't even bothering to pay for its own services but they expect citizens to pay?

  • thabiso.motsoeneng1 - 2011-11-09 14:59

    it should run out money especially, because DA was part of the looters

      Multi - 2011-11-09 15:02

      looters of what?

      Iwan - 2011-11-09 15:02

      Huh, WTF?

      StarStruck - 2011-11-09 15:05

      I don't follow. Can you try typing your comment again please? Your words looks like it forms a ordinary sentance but I don't think it was ment to be in english.

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-09 15:10

      It is the 'stoopid' anc that was handed a very functional municipality. They managed to destroy every single functional thing in SA. Hospitals, judicial system, police, sewage, revenue, health, safety, drinking water, mining, the list goes on and. F3ckit, I dont have time to sit and type what you are suppsed to know, along with anyone else who has more than 2.34 braincells. I have work to do...

      Silver - 2011-11-09 15:12

      Yeah ... uhm... Nope, Thabiso also lost me.

      Deon - 2011-11-09 15:17

      When last was DA in control in Jhb - Never.

      Deon - 2011-11-09 15:23

      You must be family of Malema, how else could you come up with this sh@#???

      Iwan - 2011-11-09 15:41

      Enough said.

      Nick - 2011-11-09 16:04

      Wow, you "english speak well"....

      pws69 - 2011-11-09 16:21

      Did you leave your brain at home this morning, or are you ANCYL, so naturally occurring stupidity?

      Sean - 2011-11-09 18:41

      @ thabiso.motsoeneng1 ! Nice comment , suppose you also have a degree in woodwork ?

      Mantsho - 2011-11-09 20:37


      Oneant - 2011-11-10 07:54

      trying to sound controversial without logic... just sounds stupid.

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-09 15:00

    Will there come a day when we could hear something other than 'finger pointing' from the DA being reported in the media... It feels like the DA's main purpose in life is to be anti-ANC, not to actually get on with the job. I'm not a fan of all things ANC, just saying that it would be nice to hear some positive news from the DA for a change.

      Iwan - 2011-11-09 15:03

      No need for good news, you can just come to Cape Town and see for yourself.

      Multi - 2011-11-09 15:08

      Last time i checked the city of cape town and the rest of the western cape which is DA led were doing fine (besides some botched jobs on toilets). Most reports from ANC controlled areas are about problems with govt services and the like. It is the DA's job as the main opposition party to hold the ruling party accountable. So blowing the whistle when govt screws up forms a large part of their responsibilities until govt starts doing its job properly.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-09 15:09

      Something positive for me from the DA would be a statistic showing the total number of corrupt MP's and the total of the wasted taxpayer’s money. An achievement like that would be fantastic but unfortunately the findings will also appear bias, we all know why.

      Pur - 2011-11-09 15:32

      I am sure the DA would love to give you some good news - when the ANC eventually gets round to doing something right!

      John - 2011-11-09 15:39

      Numbnuts !!! the DA ARE doing their job - their job as the opposition is to let the public know where the ANC is stuffing up, so hopefully something can be done about it. It is to our country's benefit that the DA make a noise. If they kept quiet, we would already be a Zimbabwe. Use that brain of yours....

      Jonathan - 2011-11-09 15:44

      errrm, I live in Cape Town... As I say, finger pointing, it all seems rather childish. Nobody is perfect. I know its their civic duty to make sure the ANC tows the line but they seem to be playing in the unproductive criticism arena. When, honestly speaking, is the last time you heard something from the DA that was not finger pointing?

      Jonathan - 2011-11-09 15:46

      sho iPixel, a bit uncalled for don't you think? Are you angry about life?

      Iwan - 2011-11-09 15:59

      Well if you live in Cape Town, why not take a tour through Gauteng.

      craigtjames - 2011-11-09 16:54

      Jonathan, we would love to hear positive news like you suggest. Firstly, the DA is the official opposition party. It is part of their job not to brown nose the ANC. 2ndly, the DA does not need to finger point the ANC - the ANC does a damn enough good job of that themselves. Look at the reports of government ABUSE of the the taxpayers money. As a matter of fact, what do you suggest is to be said positively about the ANC as they presently stand? We would love to hear them - actually 1 example would be great.

  • Cina - 2011-11-09 15:04

    I see on E-news that council members owe R52 000 000,00 on rates & taxes why isn't there electricity suspended or even the service delivery to their places. Shocking.

  • ttdejager - 2011-11-09 15:10

    WTF? But the planes(R1.6b), parties(R100m) and churches(R35m) they spending millions on? But the idiot voters of the ANC will still vote for there leaders, that keep the food out of there mouths and empty promises in their heads! WTF?

      craigtjames - 2011-11-09 16:57

      What about the 21 BILLION "irregular, questionable" spending this is still unaccounted for. What about the 400 MILLION which is to be spent on upgrading official residencies - what about the fraudulent lease agreements amounting to almost 400 million - and again, this is only what we know about

  • Kevin - 2011-11-09 15:20

    STOP giving the thugs who do not pay sewerage,electricity , water,schooling services . Cut all illegal connections and lock the buggers up.Have one set of inspectors to check sabc liscense, electriacl and water connections and bills. Those in arrears must have a stop order from there salaries and blacklist them . Get tough -Think BIG like a DA government.

  • Nick - 2011-11-09 15:35

    What? Joburg is running out of money? This cannot be! Surely there is truckloads of the stuff just lying around? You know - like the R100 million for pointless celebrations and money for "government tenders" that just seems to appear for the right "occasions"...

  • Danie - 2011-11-09 15:40

    Myancmyfuture: I see you love debating but hate racist; Please answer the following in public: What did the apartheid government do better than most free African governments in Africa, that in April 1994 SA had more than 50% of the sum of sub Sahara black ruled Africa infrastructure and we train more university graduates, than them ? SA had less people / bed in public hospital facilities as well as black children / teacher and school ? Why, and how? If you answer that the whites exploit black labor, you also have to explain why black people from free black rule countries come and offer their labor in racist SA, during this time

  • justin.pretorius - 2011-11-09 15:50

    good grief!!!

  • - 2011-11-09 15:56

    the cANCer will fix it with the 100 000 000 they were going to spend on their beeg partiee.

  • Edward - 2011-11-09 15:57

    it took them 2 years to send me rates and taxes accounts on my properties. No wonder they don't have cash.

  • Trevor - 2011-11-09 16:04


      Nick - 2011-11-09 16:09

      Wahahahaha!! Brilliant!

      Richard - 2011-11-09 16:35


      Sean - 2011-11-09 19:28

      lol! They`ll blame apartheid for the lights !

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-09 16:22

    ANC has R100 million to spare for birthday parties....

  • pramod.otham - 2011-11-09 16:32

    lets not forget they will need cash to PAY 13th CHEQUES next month

  • chris.khanye - 2011-11-09 20:44

    This is stale news!

  • Gavin - 2011-11-10 07:13

    you wanna see how a city should be run? go to Cape Town!! /i was there last week and was blown away by how well run that city is, as Jo'burgers we have gotten too used to sh@tty roads, service delivery, and turn a blind eye to all the crap the government does cos we have a "what can we really do about it" attitude. in February we start forking out tolls to drive on the roads that are still not even finished being upgraded, whats next? paying for the air we breathe?? it is obvious it's time for a new regime to step in, it is clear that our current government is unable to govern themselves let alone a city nevermind a country. i would have nothing against the ANC if they actually had their act together and were doing their job, the DA too is at fault as they just stand and point at all the misfalls of the ANC. we all need to stand up and say enough is enough!!

  • Snoopy.zn - 2011-11-10 07:22

    Yeah every thing is Wrong with JHB, They Minicipality had cut the electricity to our entire complex yesterday. No one is able to help us, Our Complex is Definitely NOT in arrears, and no one at the council can tell us WHY our electricity has been cut! F*cking USELESS!! The best part is, I've got receipts / proof of payment for each and every Water & Electricity Invoice that has been issued! THANKS ANC FOR DOING SUCH A SWELL JOB. You dont even know what's going on in your own back yeard!

  • Grant - 2011-11-10 07:34

    Half that debt is most likely not debt but inflated by all the incorrect billing that goes on.Like the lady on the corner we all know who lives alone and gets a bill for R120 000 a month.Joburg is bankrupt because of incompetence and has a huge revenue base to collect from and yet weeds in the street ,water leaks everywhere,traffic lights out for days..... waht do we pay our rates for ????

      Oneant - 2011-11-10 07:55

      you pay for fancy cars and emails sent with Core i7 laptops.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-10 07:38

    Management? What management?

  • Keithste - 2011-11-10 08:18

    When you pay so much money to people who are suspended with full pay!No wonder why?

  • neiljansson - 2011-11-10 08:43

    Crisis is probably worse than estimated... what about all the refunds oweing? They owe me alone R90 000 for one property and R20 000 and growing on a second due to over billing.....I'm sure there are others...

  • Andrew - 2011-11-10 11:10

    Stop the R400mil party and help JHB

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