EMLM un­der-col­lec­tion of con­cern

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Gcobani Mashiyi has, in pre­sent­ing the mayor’s quar­terly bud­get mon­i­tor­ing re­port last Fri­day, re­vealed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had un­der-col­lected by

R47.6m in the quar­ter end­ing Septem­ber 30.

The planned prop­erty rates to be col­lected were

R19.3m and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity only man­aged to col­lect

R12.8m.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity had also planned to col­lect

R64.9m for elec­tric­ity tar­iffs, but only re­cov­ered

R52.6m.

Mashiyi said the un­der-col­lec­tion of

R47.56m from all mu­nic­i­pal sources of rev­enue was in con­trast to the planned col­lec­tion of R195,1m. In­stead, only

R147,5m had been col­lected.

“There are those who owe R21m for rates and ser­vices who still need to make pay­ment ar­range­ments, but have not done so. There is, how­ever, an im­prove­ment in the rentals and fines col­lec­tion which shows an over-col­lec­tion on pro­jected amounts of 12% and 14% re­spec­tively.”

UDM coun­cil­lor Mthuthuzeli Hokolo added that coun­cil­lors who lived in mu­nic­i­pal prop­er­ties also needed to be brought to book and needed to make pay­ment ar­range­ments for money to be de­ducted from their salaries.

ANC coun­cil­lor Phaphama Madubedube said gov­ern­ment de­part­ments who owed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity mil­lions, needed to be given three months to make pay­ment or have their as­sets at­tached.

DA coun­cil­lor Mal­i­bongwe Xhe­lisilo said the re­port was mis­lead­ing and that Mashiyi would soon lose his job due to peo­ple say­ing he had mis­led coun­cil while he was ac­tu­ally only pre­sent­ing the re­port which should have been tabled by ex­ec­u­tive mayor Si­sisi To­lashe.

He called for the mayor’s res­ig­na­tion due to her fail­ing to do her job.

ANC coun­cil­lor No­luthando Nqabisa said the re­port must be ac­cepted as it was and amended later.

“We must write to the trea­sury depart­ment and in­form them how the de­lay of the eq­ui­table share pay­ment im­pacted the mu­nic­i­pal­ity neg­a­tively. No mu­nic­i­pal­ity can sur­vive with­out its grant fund­ing and still be ex­pected to de­liver ser­vices as usual.”

The ap­pointed ad­min­is­tra­tor, Buyo Mlokothi, said about four let­ters had been writ­ten to the Na­tional Trea­sury about the grant sta­tus and how it had neg­a­tively af­fected the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

To­lashe said coun­cil­lors needed to stand to­gether and un­der­stand that the Eskom debt and in­vo­ca­tion of sec­tion 139 had taken its toll on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We need to have a de­ci­sive de­bate and come up with so­lu­tions on how the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can be saved from its trou­bles.”

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