The cash-strapped Merafong Municipality is currently owed R13 million rand by errand government departments who have yet to settle their bills.
The Gauteng Departments of Infrastructure and Roads and Transport make up the bulk of this debt at a combined total of R6.5 million.
Other departments that owe Merafong money can be broken down as follows:
- National Department of Basic Education: R2 million;
- National Department of Environmental Affairs: R66 815.00;
- National Department of Health: R2.8 million;
- National Department of Public Works: R1.7 million; and
- National Department of Social Development: R1 760.00
Merafong has a massive problem paying for the services it uses from Eskom, Rand Water and other entities. Recently it was threatened with rolling load-shedding as it had not paid its Eskom bill, a crisis it narrowly managed to avoid.
If government departments continue to fail to pay Merafong what is owed to them, the financial situation will continue to worsen.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, must as a matter of urgency instruct MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, and MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, to make good on the debts that they owe.
The DA will follow up with both MEC’s to ascertain what payment plans are in place. We will also follow up with the national departments to ensure that they too pay their bills.
If these debts continue to go unpaid, services in Merafong may come to a halt due to a lack of funds. The DA will not stand by and watch service delivery stop because government cannot practice sound financial management.