Service pay­ment plan

Mayor says they are ready to present a strat­egy to make peo­ple pay for their ser­vices

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Free State News - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI

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

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AC­TION PLAN: Man­gaung metro Mayor Olly Mlam­leli.

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