BloemWater confirms MMM debt, looming restrictions

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BloemWater has confirmed to OFM News that if the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality does not honour its water debt repayment agreement from December 2018, water restrictions will soon be implemented.

While the Bloemfontein based water board’s Kido Thoabala confirmed that a payment plan between the two entities is already agreed upon, she would not further divulge on how much is owed by the municipality, as she said doing so would go against the water board’s agreement with the metro, who is their client.

She requested OFM News to contact Mangaung for further comment.

This comes after OFM News earlier reported that the Democratic Alliance has warned that residents of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality could be facing water cuts due to the metro allegedly owing R476 million to BloemWater, and the water board threatening to disrupt supply due to non-payment.

DA councillor, Rossouw Botes said the amount of R476 million is made up of R179 m, which is owed for December 2018 as well as January and March 2019 months.

The metro also allegedly owes a further R297 million, which Botes said Mangaung and BloemWater are currently disputing.

Botes added that the DA has written to City Manager, Tankiso Mea, to address the situation.

Meanwhile, the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality’s spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, told OFM News that to his knowledge, the city’s payments to BloemWater were up to date.

Khedama said he would with the relevant parties, probe allegations made by the DA further before providing OFM News with a more informed comment on the matter.

By the time this article was published, Khedama had not yet gotten back to OFM News with further information on the payment agreement and allegations made by members of the opposition party.

Pulane Choane / OFM News