Service payment plan
Mayor says they are ready to present a strategy to make people pay for their services
MANGAUNG metro mayor Olly Mlamleli says they are ready to present the turnaround strategy to the council in order to make people pay their services.
She urged the communities and the provincial government to pay for their services in order to deliver better service delivery to the people.
“The metro has just completed its turnaround strategy with assistance from national Treasury, to improve the provision of service delivery which includes ensuring that service providers are paid and payments are made to the water board,” Mlamleli said.
She said a document, which outlines the metro’s plan of action in terms of debt payments, revenue collection and attraction of investors, is soon going to be tabled in the council.
Mangaung is one of the municipalities that owe water boards millions of rands but Mlamleli said they were adhering to the payments plan.
Initially it was reported that the metro owed Water Board about R260m but the mayor said they had stuck to the payment plan.
She said the communities were not paying their services and the metro struggles to deliver quality services to the people.
“We are particularly worried about non-payment of services by our people hence we urge them to pay in order for them to pay Bloem Water that they owe millions of rands,” Mlamleli said.
“We appeal to our people whoever owes must pay in order to provide better services,” she said.
Last week, Mlamleli met with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize to come up with ways to tackle the dysfunctional municipalities.
The minister urged councillors to make the municipalities the pride of their people. “The councillors were urged to put aside political differences to ensure that the intervention programmes to support distressed and dysfunctional municipalities in the province becomes a resounding success as expected.”
“This oversight visit to the Free State is part of the ongoing programme by Cogta, geared to identifying municipalities with challenges and assist to come up with interventions that will ensure effective and efficient functioning municipalities.”
“Following the recent release of the auditor-general’s report which explained some of the municipalities are facing, we welcome the support given to the metro by the minister of
ACTION PLAN: Mangaung metro Mayor Olly Mlamleli.