Salga pleads with business, govt to settle multi-billion rand debts

Many municipalities find themselves in financial trouble, because debtors don't pay their accounts.

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CAPE TOWN - South African Local Government Association (Salga) says municipalities countrywide are owed about R119 billion.

At the tenth annual National Municipal Managers' Forum, Salga has pleaded with business and government departments to settle their debts.

Many municipalities find themselves in financial trouble, because debtors don't pay their accounts.

Salga has cautioned the non-payment of the debt has a knock-on effect on service delivery.

Spokesperson Tahir Sema says municipalities constantly have to remind residents, businesses and government departments to pay their bills.

"To ensure that municipal bills are paid on time, so that we can improve the kind of service we currently deliver."

Sema explains this means services are hampered and municipality revenue takes a knock.