29 October 2020 - NW2404
Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
What are the mechanisms that her department has put in place to ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni is supported and its capacity strengthened to manage and pay its water bill in full for each month since 1 July 2020? NW2998E
The Provincial CoGTA Department together with Gauteng Provincial Treasury has already set up a Government Debt Management Committee. The objectives of the Committee are to fast-track payment of monies owed to Municipalities by National and Provincial Government Department. The committee meets on a quarterly basis and the National CoGTA plays an oversight. The Government Debt Management Committee comprises of at least:
- Official representatives of all owing National and Provincial Departments
- Debt Managers from Parastatals (Rand Water, Eskom, Prasa, Telkom and Transnet),
- Revenue Managers from all Municipalities.
The Provincial CoGTA Department is planning to deploy revenue experts specifically within the City to assist the City to facilitate the integration of Revenue Enhancement and Debtor Management. Furthermore, the experts will develop Integrated Revenue enhancement and debtor Management and support its implementation. The Municipality is paying within 30 days as per the legislative definition of a current account.