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Govt departments, embassies owe City of Tshwane over R1 billion for unpaid municipal services

  • The City of Tshwane says it is owed more than R1 billion by embassies and government departments who default on their municipal services.
  • Government departments owed R1.2 billion, while embassies owed over R12 million.
  • The City started disconnecting services to defaulters, such as the Deeds Office, this week.

The City of Tshwane is seeking to recoup more than R1 billion in municipal services debt owed by government departments and embassies.

The City said it was disconnecting the meters of customers whose municipal accounts were in arrears.

Government departments in the country’s capital were the biggest culprits with debt of R1.2 billion, while embassies owed more than R12 million.

The City said the debtor’s book crippled service delivery.

“This debt makes it difficult for the City to fulfil its obligations of delivering services to its residents and customers. Tshwane will continue to enforce credit control to recoup the billion it is owed by government departments, embassies and entities. The City will also vigorously pursue residential and business customers whose accounts are in arrears,” the City said in a statement this week.

This week, people took to social media to complain after the Pretoria Deeds Office, which registers properties, was closed because there was no electricity.

The City cut the power supply to the Deeds Office building due to its R3.6 million electricity debt.

In 2018, the City of Tshwane wrote off R400 million owed by poor households for unpaid bills of electricity, rates and taxes, sanitation and refuse removal.



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