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Water dept says most defaulting municipalities are paying debt

The department had given at least 30 defaulting municipalities until yesterday to pay their debts of the last two months.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane addressing the media at the Women’s Dialogue hosted by her department in Sandton. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says a significant number of defaulting municipalities around the country have come forward to make arrangements and pay parts of their debts.

The department had given at least 30 defaulting municipalities until yesterday to pay their debts of the last two months and make payment arrangements or face water cuts.

It says it’s owed a total of 10.7 billion with other debts also accrued from previous financial years.

The department's Sputnik Ratau said, “The process is still underway but we have had arrangements and payments from some municipalities.”