Just two weeks after launch, the #TshwaneyaTima revenue collection campaign has managed to recoup more than R500 million from businesses, government departments, residential areas and complexes that owe the city of Tshwane (CoT) R17 billion.
Mayor Randall Williams said Tuesday that said: the disconnection campaign would now become a new norm for residents of Tshwane.
“This campaign has proven to be a step in the right direction to correct the culture of non-payment, which ultimately has serious implications for how a municipality can provide services to its communities,” Williams said.
He said 1,061 accounts have been disconnected in the past two weeks.
“It concerns 533 government accounts and 528 business accounts. Meanwhile, a total of 335 defaulting customers responded with payments.
“The campaign is underway and we have also started disconnecting non-default residential areas.”
Williams urged clients not to ignore their accounts, but rather come forward and make arrangements to give their accounts a good reputation.
“Our customer service centers remain open to assist residents with all their municipal questions and to make payment arrangements. The City also offers virtual consultation sessions via Zoom.”
Last week, Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse followed suit in a bid to collect the outstanding R38 billion in unpaid municipal fees, taxes and duties during the Buya Mthetho campaign.
Phalatse said it was the last resort to remedy the culture of non-payment.
“There are no options available to city account holders. Unfortunately… we as a municipality have no choice but to terminate the services of these account holders. The culture of default needs to be remedied, and one of those drugs is to take the drastic but necessary step to shut down services,” Phalatse said.