Mangaung Metro to cut water and electricity to defaulting departments

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Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality will cut water and electricity supply to defaulting departments as of today in a bid to meet its financial commitments.

The metro has in a statement said the Provincial Department of Public Works owes it more than R330.2 million, with total government debt in excess of R466 million.

As a result, all the properties under the control of this provincial department will face water cuts.

This comes after Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, said Mangaung is ranked among the top 10 municipalities in the country with high irregular expenditure, with Mangaung Metro overspending R700 000.

Makwetu said this yesterday as the municipal audit outcomes for 2016/17 were released. The metro has acknowledged payments from the Department of Public Works of R19.5 million and R33 million on 15 March 2018 and 23 April 2018, respectively, further adding they are implementing strict debt control measures to make sure they are able to provide the residents of Mangaung with basic services.

OLEBOGENG MOTSE / OFM News