Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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#TshwaneYaTima blitz is back: 33,000 meters ‘tampered with’ as city seeks to recoup R17bn in lost revenue

The city of Tshwane on Tuesday continued its tax collection campaign dubbed #TshwaneYaTima to collect 17 billion rand owed by government agencies, businesses, residents and embassies.

City spokesman Selby Bokaba said the employees would have disconnected meters where account holders were in arrears on land, water and electricity.

“Ten teams led by senior managers, including the high voltage team [for large electricity users], were deployed across the city used to make loans -control measures by disconnecting defaulting customers.”

The campaign would also target prepaid electricity meters that have been tampered with.

The city has identified 33,000 meters that were manipulated and the purchase of prepaid tokens was not reported for a long time.

“The municipality will speed up the identification of manipulated meters. Tshwane launched a tax and collections campaign on February 8th, mainly targeting defaulting government agencies, embassies, businesses and corporations.”

The #TshwaneYaTima blitz, which lasted until the end of February, had revived and will include defaulting retail customers. he said.

The R17 billion in debt made it difficult for the city to meet its obligation to provide residents and customers with essential and basic services.

According to a breakdown by the city, residential customers owe the most with arrears of R9.2 billion. Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (Mega) owes the most debt among ‘companies’ with arrears of R140m.

Breakdown of customers whose accounts are in arrears:

  • Retail: R9.2 billion
  • Corporate: R4.2 billion
  • Embassies: R3.7 million
  • Government bodies : R1 billion
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    Company:

    • Municipality of Moretele: R15m
    • Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency ( Mega): R140m
    • SA Post Office: R1.4M
    • Transnet: R27M
    • Metro: R12.6M

    Tshwane acting city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng said that the city would further step up enforcement of credit controls to recover money owed, stabilize its finances and enable the delivery of much-needed services .

    “The city will also vigorously pursue residential and business customers whose accounts are in arrears,” she said.

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