PRETORIA SAYS IT’S COMMITTED TO RESOLVING DEBTS OF MUNICIPALITIES TO POWER UTILITY ESKOM

PRETORIA, The South African government remains committed to resolving the debts owed by various municipalities in the country to State-owned power utility Eskom and is also set to review the equitable share formulae for budgets of the three spheres of government.

These were some of the critical issues discussed at the Presidential Co-ordinating Council, chaired by President Jacob Zuma, which convened its quarterly gathering at the presidential office in Tuynhuys in Pretoria Tuesday.

The Council consists of Cabinet Ministers, Premiers of the nine provinces and the umbrella body for South Africa’s municipalities, the South African Local Government Association.

The sustainability of local government took centre stage during the meeting with the problem of resolving the debts of municipalities remaining a bugbear.

“We are speaking to 48 municipalities that are affected and 20 of these municipalities have been showing progress in terms of compliance to the arrangements that were made (to repay their debts),” said Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen.

“And of course we are continuing to engage with public enterprise, the affected municipalities and the provinces to make sure that we don’t have a situation where municipalities are denied such a basic service (electricity from Eskom) so those arrangements are continuing,”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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