City of Cape Town Mayor, Patricial de Lille

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town debtor drive has yielded good results with 95.24% debt collection ratio reported for the period which ended in September 2017.

The city has urged all customers to settle their accounts before year end to avoid debt management actions which could affect their festive season.

"Debt actions have been intensified especially against the frequent defaulters and those who are able to pay but choose not to do so," city's statement revealed. 

City's Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe said, "Residents are encouraged to visit their nearest municipal office for advice and guidance as soon as possible and ahead of the holidays should they have any queries regarding their arrears, or to make the necessary payment arrangements if applicable".

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R715 million has been linked to 127 204 overdue accounts as of 15 November 2017, and total payments received through debtor drive initiative amount to R219 million.

"City's collection ratio has been a priority to maintain city's sustainability," the city said.

This municipality is one of the Western Cape's regions at the epicentre of drought, which has now left the city only with 26.2% usable water.

On Monday, City's Mayor, Patricia de Lille visited the Scientific Services Branch in Athlone which monitors city's water quality all-year-round.

"Some water users might have noticed an earthy taste and odour to their municipally-supplied drinking water and I want to assure Capetonians that this does not pose any health risk," De Lille said.