The agency said it had tried on many occasions to reach agreements with these municipalities but they failed to honour “payments and repayments”.
State water utility Rand Water has announced it will reduce water supply in two Mpumalanga municipalities, Victor Khanye and Govan Mbeki, as they fail to settle their combined R545 million debt.
Govan Mbeki in Secunda, one of Mpumalanga’s worst-run local municipalities, owes R351 million to Rand Water.
Victor Khanye in Delmas owes R194 million…
Rand Water spokesman Justice Mohale said that water supply will be reduced as from Monday 9 November 2020.
Another local municipality on the list is Emfuleni in Gauteng, which owes Rand Water over R1 billion.
“Rand Water has on many occasions held or entered into payment and repayment agreements with these municipalities but have failed to honour those agreements.
“Even when they paid, they could not pay the entire amount billed for,” Mohale said on Sunday.
“What I can confirm is that Rand Water has formally informed 3 of its customers that on Monday, it’s going to reduce flow of water into their networks, and this is due to non-payment,” he said.
He said letters informing these municipalities about Rand Water’s “last resort” had been shared amongst them and the department of water and sanitation as well as Cogta.
The water pressure will be reduced by 20%, Mohale said.
He said the arrear amount owed by Govan Mbeki is R314 million while the total outstanding amount is R351 million. For Victor Khanye the arrears is R185 million, while R194 million is the total amount owed.
(edited by MLM)