City col­lects R3‚6-bil­lion

For the first time in his­tory‚ it col­lected a record R3‚6-bil­lion for rates and ser­vices.

Inner City Gazette - - News -

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg says last month‚ for the first time in his­tory‚ it col­lected a record R3.6-bil­lion for rates and ser­vices. This con­sti­tutes col­lec­tion of R400-mil­lion more than the bud­geted rev­enue‚ the city said.

“Over the past four months there has been sus­tained im­prove­ment in the city’s billing and col­lec­tions‚ with av- er­age monthly col­lec­tions of R3.3-bil­lion from May to Au­gust‚” said Mayor Her­man Mashaba.

“The past ad­min­is­tra­tion’s high­est av­er­age monthly col­lec­tion reached R2.8-bil­lion by com­par­i­son.”

“The city re­mains fo­cused on tar­get­ing those who have not paid for rates and ser­vices‚ whilst clearly hav­ing the means to have done so. The suc­cess of Op­er­a­tion Buya Mthetho in this re­gard has been ex­cel­lent‚ col­lect­ing over R707-mil­lion over the past seven months. Fur­ther to this‚ the city has tack­led its debtors’ book‚ which stood at over R18-bil­lion‚ and this is now pro­duc­ing re­sults.”

Mashaba said the city has also fo­cused its credit-man­age­ment work on the largest power and wa­ter users‚ which en­sures a higher re­turn of rev­enue for these ef­forts.

In de­vel­op­ing its bud­get for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year‚ Mashaba said the city de­cided to fo­cus on im­prov­ing rev­enue per­for­mance as this is a crit­i­cal con­trib­u­tor to­wards re­al­is­ing change for peo­ple.

“We must put to bed those dooms­day prophets who have con­tin­ued to pre­dict the ‘im­mi­nent’ fi­nan­cial col­lapse of the city. It has even been the false premise on which the ANC has based their flawed no­tion that fresh elec­tions should be called in Jo­han­nes­burg. It is now time for them to come to terms with the fi­nan­cial and cor­rupt mess they left be­hind‚ and the im­prove­ments that are now be­ing achieved‚” said Mashaba.

Res­i­dents queue out­side the City of Jo­han­nes­burg Rev­enue Ser­vices, Thuso House in Braam­fontein as they pay rates and ser­vices to the City

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