Free State municipality plans to pay off debt

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A presentation from the executive management of the municipality said it had additionally made another payment of R15 million to Eskom. It was presented to the select committee of the National Committee of Provinces (NCOP) sitting on Friday morning that although the municipality is still unable to settle all of its debt to these entities, it has put in place a plan payment to settle the debt on time.

Matjhabeng is the largest contributor to the municipalities’ debt to this water board, which amounts to more than 7 billion rand.

Friday marks the ninth day of water shortages in many parts of the Free State capital and a major water loss of 76% in the municipality.

The NCOP session continued Friday for the second day. The chairman of the committee, China Dodovu, granted spokesperson Mpho Mojanaga of the Mangaung lobby group, Mangaung Service Delivery Forum, the opportunity to address the session, explaining Thursday’s protest march. In conclusion, a brief of MSDF’s concerns was submitted to the committee.

Dodovu expressed disappointment that the speaker, Bekhumzi Stofile, and city manager, Zingisa Tindleni, from Matjhabeng were not present at the session. However, Khalipha explained that the city manager was due to attend a hearing this morning on behalf of the municipality.

OFM News / Maize Koteli

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