Ekurhuleni city councilors to debate metro financial woes

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Kwatsaduza – With the City of Ekurhuleni reportedly surviving the melee, councilors will debate the city’s finances on October 17.

Last Thursday’s council failed to debate the motion tabled by the DA during the regular council meeting.

Pressure from the DA and ANC as well as other smaller parties forced council president Nthabiseng Tshivenga to call a special council meeting.

On October 9, the ANC submitted a request to the president to convene a special session on October 13, but she refused because two other standing committees were scheduled for that day.

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In a statement released by the DA, they said, while welcoming the speaker’s response, they believed that given the continued deterioration of the city’s finances, this meeting could not take place too soon.

Council chairman Jongizizwe Dlabathi shared in a press briefing on September 28 the party’s concerns over revenue collection, which has since deteriorated.

DA council leader Michael Waters said while the financial situation collapsed, Ekurhuleni communities were suffering due to diminished service delivery.

“The DA is particularly concerned about the city’s financial liquidity and its ability to pay its creditors.

“At the end of June 2023, the draft annual accounts showed the city’s cash position at R438 million. This represents less than 0.13 days of cash flow.

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“The city is currently left with just over R3 billion in unpaid debts owed to creditors, including R254 million owed to Eskom, R174 million to Rand Water, R117 million to the city’s own entity , ERWAT, and R2.5 billion owed to other outsourced contractors,” he said. said.

Waters added that unpaid debts are straining the city’s ability to operate and are now affecting service delivery, with infrastructure failure and lack of maintenance becoming the order of the day.

The DA is calling on EFF-appointed MMC for Finance Nkululeko Dunga to present a recovery strategy to council when it hears the DA’s urgent motion.

They must develop and implement sustainable, long-term financial strategies with sound budgeting practices, strict spending, credit control and financial discipline.

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