Gautrain operators appear to have resolved their dispute with the city of Tshwane over the disconnection of water and electricity services at Hatfield Gautrain Station after those services were wrongfully terminated by the municipality.
Gautrain spokesman Kesagee Nayager said on Wednesday that the city of Tshwane claimed electricity and water bills for the station were overdue and therefore cut services to the station.
Nayager said the city was terminating these services despite evidence that these accounts were not only up-to-date but creditworthy.
She says the municipality indicated on Tuesday evening that it was a tariff bill that was in arrears.
“As an operator of the Gautrain, we have not received a statement of account from the city for fares and have not made any payments in this regard,” she said.
“This afternoon [Wednesday] the municipality has informed us that it has invoiced the Infrastructure Development Department (DID) for the rates and that the DID has now made the outstanding payment for the rates.”
Nayager said the station’s water and electricity had not yet been reconnected, but the city said they would do so as soon as possible.
Gautrain operators said on Tuesday they would approach the Supreme Court for an urgent injunction to force the city to restore these services because they had been wrongly terminated by the municipality.
Nayager said on Wednesday that in light of the latest developments, they have not moved to the legal process.
Attempts to get comment from the city of Tshwane were unsuccessful.
R17 billion municipal services debt
The shutdown of services to the station follows the city of Tshwane’s announcement late last week that senior officials, led by the acting city manager, had embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to collect revenue by shutting down the services. for customers whose accounts have been in arrears for years. more than three months.
The city said its accounts receivable, mainly from government departments, embassies, businesses, residential customers and entities that do not pay for municipal services, currently exceed R17 billion.
The Gautrain is operated by the Bombela Concession Company, the special vehicle established for the design, partial financing, supply, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain.
JSE-listed multinational engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts has a 50% stake in BCC.
By Roy Cokayne
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