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City of CT owed R100m for rates, services

The outstanding amount was around R362 million last week, but after the city sent out SMS notifications, R162 million was collected from account holders.

FILE: City of Cape Town logo. Picture: Twitter/@CityofCT.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is owed about R100 million by residents defaulting on their rates and services accounts.

The municipality on Sunday issued a stern warning to them, threatening to cut off their electricity and restricting water supply if the debt was not settled.

The outstanding amount was around R362 million last week, but after the city sent out SMS notifications, R162 million was collected from account holders.

The municipality boasts a 95% collection rate on its monthly billings of R2,4 billion.

Mayco Member for Finance Johan van der Merwe says that the city makes provision for those who can't pay for basic services to make representation for relief.

“We urge those who are struggling to pay their accounts to come into the offices and make agreements so that they can pay off their arrears.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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