BKCOB clar­i­fies pay­ment is­sue

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

Bor­der-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness (BKCOB) ad­min­is­tra­tor Adre Bar­tis says Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has not had a proper billing sys­tem for farm­ers un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion since the amal­ga­ma­tion of the three for­mer mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The Rep re­ported (“Debt de­lays de­liv­ery” No­vem­ber 23) that Bar­tis said dur­ing a may­oral stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing last week that there needed to be a proper billing sys­tem gen­er­ally and money needed to be col­lected from farm­ers. Bar­tis said her state­ment had not been quoted cor­rectly and made it seem as though farm­ers were not will­ing to pay for rates and ser­vices, which was not the case.

“The mu­nic­i­pal­ity should look at blan­ket prop­erty rates for farm­ers as this has not been re­solved since the amal­ga­ma­tion. The farm­ers re­ally want to pay, but they are un­able to be­cause the billing is­sues have not been re­solved by the lo­cal author­ity.”

Re­gard­ing mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty, Bar­tis said there needed to be proper eval­u­a­tions done be­cause there were por­tions of va­cant land be­ing val­ued as if there were prop­er­ties on them.

“I want to know why land sales and is­sues like re­zon­ing were not em­pha­sised as a source of rev­enue.”

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