Emfuleni municipality promises to pay its R180m water bill

December 5, 2017

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Emfuleni Local Municipality’s water supply will not be cut off after in it reached an agreement on paying the R180 million it owes Rand Water. The meeting‚ attended by the Department of Water and Sanitation‚ the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements‚ the municipality and Rand Water‚ took place at the Sedibeng District Municipality offices in Vereeniging. The municipality‚ into which Evaton‚ Sebokeng‚ Vaal Oewer‚ Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging fall‚ will pay R150 million on 11 December and the shortfall of R30 million will be paid over 24 months at R11 million a month. The municipality’s newly appointed mayor‚ Jacob Khawe‚ assured Emfuleni residents‚ businesses and other users they are working on billing improvement and that there will not be any water cuts. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the agreement between Rand Water and Emfuleni shows outcomes anticipated through negotiations between the Water and Sanitation Department‚ Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs‚ the Treasury‚ Rand Water and defaulting municipalities. About 11 other defaulting municipalities have said they want to come to payment arrangements with the Water and Sanitation Department.

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