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Gauteng well being dept denies ‘taking benefit’ of Metropolis of Joburg amid accusations of R240m water invoice

Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse stated the division of well being within the province was benefiting from the municipality by ignoring its debt.

  • The Gauteng Division of Well being denies owing town of Joburg R240 million for a water invoice, saying this was “a historic dispute”. 
  • Mayor Mpho Phalatse accused the division of benefiting from town by ignoring its water invoice.
  • Spokesperson for the division Motalatale Modiba stated town’s debt was updated.

The Metropolis of Johannesburg needs the Gauteng well being division to “do the suitable factor” and settle its R240 million water invoice, however the province insists it’s up-to-date.   

On Thursday, division spokesperson Motalatale Modiba stated the division’s account was updated and that the debt referred to by town was a historic dispute on the water and sanitation accounts of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Tutorial Hospital and the Sizwe Tropical Illness Hospital.

Among the many points with the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital account was that it apparently shared a meter with Wits College, which triggered billing disputes with town. 

With the Sizwe Tropical Illness Hospital, Modiba stated the continued dispute was over a R60 million invoice associated to a meter studying and water leaks. 

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“That is topic to ongoing discussions between the hospital administration and CoJ and Johannesburg Water representatives to seek out closure on the matter,” stated Modiba.

On Tuesday, the Metropolis of Joburg stated the division owed the quantity on its water invoice, with Mayor Mpho Phalatse accusing it of benefiting from town as a result of town was not fast to modify off companies for non-paying purchasers. 

“We imagine that there’s a component of benefiting from town by the provincial authorities as a result of we’re not fast to chop off companies from a hospital. It is tough, it is a ethical problem, and we imagine that they’re benefiting from that,” stated Phalatse, including town had issued termination notices to owing purchasers. 

Modiba stated the division serviced its debt with town.

“The Gauteng Division of Well being needs to dismiss the notion that it’s benefiting from the municipality provided that well being amenities present important companies. This might not be farther from the reality,” stated Modiba. 

Nevertheless, Phalatse urged the division to settle its payments or make cost preparations with town.

“You might be a part of a workforce that’s constructing this metropolis and we enchantment to you to do the suitable factor. Each rand counts. Please, come into our places of work, pay your accounts and if you cannot pay, please make preparations and no less than pay your arrears,” stated Phalatse. 

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