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Salga backs water and electricity prepaid meters to recoup billions

Cape Town - The South African Local Government Association is backing a proposal to install prepaid meters for electricity and water to recoup billions owed to municipalities. Thakare Lekhare, Salga’s senior adviser for revenue enhancement, told the Parliament’s joint committees on appropriations yesterday this was a workable solution to the financial woes of the country’s municipalities.

Municipalities are owed R165 billion by households, departments and businesses; and they have been struggling for years to recover the debt. The National Treasury has said it would not be possible to recoup all the monies owed to municipalities. Lekhare said the inter-ministerial task team on municipal debt had recommended that work streams be set up to deal with the issue of the debt.


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