Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene Van Staden said the municipality was pulling at all stops to boost revenue. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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By the time you read this, the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality’s desperate attempts to raise R4,2m by end of business on Tuesday, 21 November may have yielded positive results.
The alternative was for residents to prepare for a tough December month.
Earlier in the week the municipality undertook rigorous measures to ensure that the business sector, government departments and residents pay at least 50% of their outstanding accounts.
Ratepayers were urged to make arrangements to settle the remaining balance, within a period of six months.
The municipality pulled no punches as it disconnected the supply of electricity to several consumers whose accounts were outstanding.
Among the affected parties, was the Limpopo MDR TB hospital at Modimolle.
It was reported that Mookgophong SAPS station was also disconnected due to non-payment by the Department of Public Works.
The situation was however back to normal at the Modimolle hospital on Tuesday.
Waterberg District Department of Health communications manager, Morobi Malatji said the situation was triggered by a slight delay in payment of the account.
“The account was paid late on Monday, and the municipality had already disconnected us at the time. The situation is now back to normal and all patients are back in their wards,” Malatji said.
A resolution to send notices and subsequently discontinue services to debtors was taken by members of the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Council last month.
Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene Van Staden said it was essential for the municipality to raise the R4,2m, and eventually pay Eskom by the cut-off date.
She urged all consumers to come forward and make payment arrangements with the municipality.
Eskom has since placed an advertisement in The BEAT’s sister publication The POST, notifying residents of its intention to unleash periodic power supply interruptions from Wednesday, 6 December.
5 months ago 23 November 2017