GMM residents in for a tough time

GK CRONJE

10 November 2020

Ms Thandi Ngxonono, accused of poor leadership, also decided to duck and run, and resigned as executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality.

The embattled Govan Mbeki Municipality(GMM) have had their water pressure reduced by another by 20% due to the poor servicing of their account to Rand Water. The utility’s Justice Mohale said they were in talks with the municipality, with little success. GMM is one of 3 municipalities who have had their pressure reduced in an effort from the utility to recover millions owed. Residents in the GMM service area are already experiencing near constant water issues, which will be further aggravated by the pressure cut.

“Rand Water has reached out to these municipalities on many occasions and entered into repayment agreements with them, but they have failed to honour these agreements.”
Emfuleni municipality is in arrears of nearly R100 million, Victor Khanye stands at R185 million, while GMM takes the cake, owing Rand Water a boggling R314 million. According to Mohale, should Rand Water reach out to the municipalities again, and if they fail to adhere to the agreements amde, they would again reduce water pressure by another 20%. All residents within GMM’s service area will e adversely affected by this reduction in pressure.

This comes as another blow to the failed municipality, which has also been placed under administration due to rampant fraud, corruption and financial mismanagement within the entity. Ms Thandi Ngxonono, accused of poor leadership, also decided to duck and run, and resigned as executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality shortly before the municipality was placed under administration

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