SEKHUKHUNE – As part of efforts to ease the pressure on municipal revenue generation and collection levels, Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) has resolved to implement rigorous credit control policy through ensuring that revenue is collected in villages and townships that receive water.

During the district municipality’s budget speech recently, Monsterlus, Motetema, Leeuwfontein, Mapodile, Ga-Nkoana and Praktiseer were identified as some of those areas earmarked for revenue collection.

According to the district municipality it has development an extensive public consultation outreach to the affected communities for awareness campaigns for this month and July.

It said it had implemented stringent revenue collection strategies including target approach and restrictions of water supply for non-payment.

Stanley Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, encouraged and urged members of the community who had queries on their bills or consumer accounts to approach the municipality to obtain clarity and make arrangements to pay arrears on resolving their queries.

Ramaila said they resolved to sharpen the district’s internal planning process so that credible forward planning and procurement plan process for the medium term budget expenditure framework period was put place.

“I am proud to report that at the consideration of the draft budget, a procurement plan was tabled before council and the Accounting Officer was tasked with the responsibility of the implementation of the procurement plan,” said Ramaila.

The Executive Mayor further said they had committed to develop and implement a proper operations and maintenance plan so that disruptions on water provisioning were minimised.

He advised the aforementioned were some of the concrete steps that together working with communities they ought to implement in order to reposition the district to meet its constitutional obligations.

“However we must mention that our budget juxtaposed with the massive developmental backlog and service delivery demands is extremely limited. We are therefore expected to ensure sound financial management and limit our expenditure to be service delivery orientated,” concluded Ramaila.

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