Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 14-06-2019
The City of Johannesburg has approved a debt rehabilitation programme allowing residents to have the arrears on their municipal accounts written off.
The city says the approval of the programme allowed it to be able to ensure that defaulting customers were brought back into good standing on their municipal accounts.
City of Johannesburg Finance MMC Funzela Ngobeni says municipal rates and services were left unmanaged and resulted in a large debtor's book and an insurmountable debt burden on residents.
He says following the approval of the report, the city would embark on educational roadshows in August with the application process set to start in September.
“Qualifying customers will receive immediate relief through a 50% debt write off. If the customer complies with all the requirements of the programme, which include keeping their current accounts up to date and allowing for regular inspection of metered services, then the remaining outstanding debt will be written off over a three year period.”
According to the approved report, write-offs were only applicable to residential account holders whose balances were in arrears for more than 90 days as of 30 June.