Dagada: City of Joburg's billing has hit crisis levels
Johannesburg’s Finance MMC Rabelani Dagada says the billing crisis comes as a result of many changes that were brought into the revenue value chain which were not managed well.
JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg’s Finance MMC Rabelani Dagada says the city’s billing has reached crisis levels, saying that the new administration has already started tackling the issue.
On Tuesday, Dagada delivered the first budget speech under a coalition government.
More than half of the R55.9 billion budget for the 2017/2018 financial year will be spent on the sustainable services cluster to improve service delivery and quality of life.
Dagada says the billing crisis comes as a result of many changes that were brought into the revenue value chain which were not managed well.
“We’ve begun implementing a number of interventions to turn the situation around, this includes establishment of technical support services unit, to ensure complete billing is accurate and clear invoicing, effective payment process, effective credit management and improved customer management.”
In March, the city collected R3 billion, exceeding the revenue budget and setting a new record.
At the same time, Dagada says the new administration has developed a comprehensive approach to maintaining, developing and expanding the city’s road network.
Dagada says the transport department alone receives an operating budget of R1.5 billion.
“We’ve allocated R105 million for the installation and repair of broken traffic signals throughout the city. Already, I’m pleased to say that over 70 traffic lights in the city, at key intersections have been re-cabled, producing greater reliability.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)