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City of CT sends stern warning to defaulting residents

The municipality's current billings are over R2.4 billion a month and it has been able to maintain a collection rate of just over 95 percent.

Money. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is calling for residents who owe money for rates and services to pay up or face having their electricity cut or water supply restricted.

The municipality's current billings are over R2.4 billion a month and it has been able to maintain a collection rate of just over 95 percent.

It has however recently sent out SMS notifications for 66,000 defaulting accounts linked to R362 million outstanding debt.

Mayco member for Finance Johan van der Merwe says because of intensified collection efforts more than half of that has since been settled.

“We will continue to instil a culture of payment in our city. Debt management actions will be intensified especially against those who can pay but choose not to pay.”