When herd behaviour is used for selfishness, all you’re left with is a smug sense of entitlement, writes Charlene Naidoo.
The George Municipality has confirmed its municipal manager, Trevor Botha, will be reinstated, after a high court ruling that said a council decision to suspend him was unlawful.
Rand Water has threatened to reduce its water supply to three defaulting municipalities by 20%.
Salga President Thembi Nkadimeng said that municipalities struggle to pay their debts, because they struggle to collect revenue owed to hem by government and businesses.
The ruling is a victory for activists who have been embroiled in a long-running battle against the dysfunctional and incompetent municipal council run by the African National Congress (ANC), writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.
The City of Cape Town has informed residents that prepaid electricity meters will be offline for a few hours in mid-January, due to maintenance.
Eskom announced in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that it would suspend power interruptions to 11 municipalities that owed the utility money for electricity, as it was "pleased" with progress made in retrieving outstanding debts from the defaulting councils.
'It's a starting point."
The power utility has denied that it will supply businesses in Harrismith directly with power as part of a new deal with local businesses.
"The conduct of the task team tells us to jump off the nearest cliff," fumed Scopa chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
Three municipalities, which owe Rand Water hundreds of millions of rand, will have reduced water pressure if they fail to pay by October 1, the water utility announced on Thursday.
The City of Johannesburg has allegedly recorded R3 billion in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure for the 2018/19 financial year, Executive Mayor Geoff Makhubo has claimed.
"The tasked team failed because the debt escalated under their watch."
Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the Mangaung Municipality's yet again.
National Treasury has released a new draft law that will standardise the fees municipalities charge for new property developments.
Eskom is starting to play hardball with non-paying residents of Soweto, reports Netwerk24.
Municipalities owe Eskom R36.5bn – with Soweto representing more than half of total municipal debt.
Fourteen municipalities that deposited R1.6bn in the ill-fated VBS Mutual Bank were unlikely to ever recover their money, the auditor general says.
Fifteen out of 22 municipalities are battling to survive on their own after being placed under administration.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has stood firm on the user-pays principle, saying it's time to develop a "culture of paying" if the economy is to recover.
Deputy President David Mabuza has called on members of the National Council of Provinces to tell residents to pay for service delivery in order to improve rising debt levels in municipalities.
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