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Troubled Oudtshoorn Municipality reduces its debt by over R80m

The municipality was placed under administration in 2015 when it became clear service delivery was being hampered.

FILE: The troubled Oudtshoorn Municipality appears to be on the mend. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - The troubled Oudtshoorn Municipality appears to be on the mend after having reduced its debt by more than R80 million.

It previously owed R110 million to creditors.

The municipality was placed under administration in 2015 when it became clear service delivery was being hampered.

Briefing council on the progress of the town's recovery plan, 10 months after taking over, Mayor Colan Sylvester announced that the town’s debt has been reduced to R28.5 million.

Municipal spokesperson Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe says: “Even though these successes can be celebrated, on information matters… there’s still an overwhelming task ahead before the council can declare a financially healthy municipality.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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