The Tshwane metro has been on an aggressive campaign in the past week to disconnect entities that have not been paying their light bill.
NO ONE IS SAFE FROM DISCONNECTION
The Tshwane Ya Tima campaign has seen government departments and popular businesses being disconnected for defaulting on payments.
The top five places that have been disconnected according to amounts owed in the Tshwane Ya Tima campaign:
Department of Infrastructure development – R245 million
Department of Public Works – R110 million
University of Pretoria HPC – R34 million
Sheraton Hotel – R23 million
Tshwane North College – R 20 million
PAY UP OR FACE DARKNESS
SARS, the SAPS Head Quarters under Mendo Properties form part of the government entities that were disconnected for not paying their light bill.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Department of Agriculture were also among the departments that were in the crosshairs of the metro for defaulting on payments.
Other defaulters include malls, residential complexes, and on Tuesday railway transport provider, Gautrain was also disconnected for owing R10 million.
According to the Tshwane metro mayor, Randall Williams, residential customers owed the metro R8 billion, businesses R 4 billion, and government departments and embassies owed R1,3 billion.
The aggressive campaign follows Eskom calling out the Tshwane metro on its debt to them which the power entity said amounted to R635 million.
The entity further said the metro’s payment patterns had been irregular over the past six months and have contributed to Eskom’s increasing overdue debt which was in excess of R43,8 billion.
TSHWANE YA TIMA CAMPAIGN ONGOING, WHO IS NEXT?
As it stands, the Tshwane metro has conducted over 400 disconnections since it started the campaign which it has said was ongoing.
Some of the places disconnected sought legal action against the metro which has not backed down in its bid.
According to MMC for Finance Peter Sutton the perception that the Tshwane was losing the cases against them regarding the disconnections was wrong.
“Less than 2 percent have been challenged in court and less than 1 percent have been successful.”
“The city anticipated that there would be push back and we ensured that we have dedicated legal teams on standby,” said Sutton.