Municipalities and SOEs owe millions for water

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Ian Carbutt

Municipalities and state-owned entities owe hundreds of millions of rands to Umgeni Water, the bulk water supplier of KwaZulu-Natal.

This was revealed at a press conference in Durban, where Umgeni presented their annual financial performance report from the last financial year.

“In the long run, accumulatively, it creates a serious financial problem for the entity Umgeni. We are taking that seriously as part of protecting the financial sustainability of Umgeni,” said Magasela Mzobe, chairperson of the board of Umgeni Water.

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