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The eMadlangeni (Utrecht) Municipality is hell-bent on resolving its financial standing, so as to be able to focus solely on vital services within the Utrecht community.
This follows the government entity officially embarking on a debt collection programme, aimed at collecting outstanding consumer debt.
At present, the Utrecht Municipality is owed R68 million by its customers, which includes both current and historical debt.
“This has a negative impact on service delivery, as these funds can have a significant impact in rolling out the much-needed services, including maintenance of both gravel and tar roads, repairs to electrical infrastructure and the purchase of vehicles, plant and equipment,” said the eMadlangeni Municipality’s Communications Unit.
The outstanding debt is made up of the following:
- Organ of State – R27 084 126
- Commercial – R 3 281 242
- Households – R17 033 191
- Farmers – R21 272 598
The Communications Unit additionally highlighted that it is important to note, that the municipality has introduced a debt incentive scheme for all customers. The incentive scheme was initiated in April 2022 and further extended in September 2022 and is currently available to all customers.
“Furthermore, applications to register as indigents are also ongoing, with the first draft of the indigent register being due to be tabled to council in the coming weeks. The municipality is also in the process of updating all data on our systems including contact details of customers to ensure that statements are received timeously,” the Communications Unit added.
According to the government entity, it has taken all reasonable steps to afford customers an opportunity to settle their accounts and make arrangements. This, the Communications Unit elaborated, was to ensure that the Municipality maximises their efforts to collect as much of the outstanding debt as possible, in order to direct these funds towards service delivery.
“The municipality has also resolved to disconnect services to all customers with overdue accounts and who have not made arrangements to settle their outstanding debt. All municipal customers are encouraged to visit the Municipal Revenue Unit to pay their accounts and also benefit from the various schemes that the municipality has availed to assist in the settlement of all outstanding accounts,” the Communications emphasised.
As the eMadlangeni Municipality now embarks on its mission to recover R68 million in outstanding debt, what are your thoughts on the above-mentioned?
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