All the municipalities facing water cuts over non-payment

The water department has published a list of all the municipalities that face being cut off from their water supplies if they do not pay outstanding debt amounting to over R10.7 billion by Friday, 8 December.

Water minister Nomvula Mokonyane last week sent out a notice to municipalities that her department would be invoking Section 216(2) of the Constitution of South Africa, which enables the National Treasury to withhold grant funding due to the persistent breach of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

In an attempt to try recover the outstanding debt, the department initiated stakeholder consultations in terms of the Inter-governmental Relations Act and it has also embarked on a legal process to recover this money, the department said.

“These processes were initiated as early as two years ago and to this end, six court judgments have been issued in favour of the Department. 59 Courts summons’ have also been issued and another 121 municipalities are involved in legal collection processes.

“Despite all these interventions, the water debt at municipal level continues to escalate,” the department said.

On Monday the department acknowledged that by cutting off the municipalities, households that were up to date with their payments would also be affected. However, this could not be helped, it said.

The municipalities, and how much they owe, are listed below:

Municipality Outstanding Debt
Matjhabeng Local Municipality R1 849 226 784
Vhembe District Municipality R642 876 734
Mopani District Municipality R520 803 422
Lekwa Local Council R450 200 841
Msukaligwa Local Municipality R384 958 301
Mangaung Metro Municipality R349 227 064
Mahikeng Local Municipality R228 855 994
Emfuleni Local Municipality R270 153 387
Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality R233 925 397
Kopanong Local Municipality R196 689 402
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality R195 078 429
Mafube Local Municipality R159 850 740
Emalahleni Local Municipality R144 654 434
Nala Local Municipality R126 954 981
Maquassi Hills Local Municipality R114 632 660
Mbombela Local Municipality R103 031 636
Nama-khoi Local Municipality R97 794 551
Dr Pixley Ka-seme Local Municipality R86 787 181
Ngwathe Local Municipality R85 522 099
Jbmarks (Potchefstroom) Local Municipality R69 551 269
Dikgatlong Local Municipality R64 577 101
Ngaka Modiri Molema Local Municipality R62 933 833
Dipaleseng Local Municipality R62 604 901
Madibeng Local Municipality R59 837 027
Zululand District Municipality R56 360 784
Amatole District Municipality R50 661 382
Ditsobotla Local Municipality R47 064 004
Tsantsabane Local Municipality R24 972 589
Gamagara Local Municipality R8 376 736

Read: Water department to start cutting water supply to indebted municipalities

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