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Amathole municipality vows to deliver services despite being broke

Mayor Khanyile Maneli addressed the issue earlier on Wednesday morning, highlighting they won't be able to fork out salaries for February until June this year without the assistance from government.

Khanyile Maneli. Picture: amathole.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The penniless Amathole District Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, has vowed service delivery will continue despite its dire financial state.

Mayor Khanyile Maneli addressed the issue earlier on Wednesday morning, highlighting they won't be able to fork out salaries for February until June this year without the assistance from government.

The municipality has a salary bill of over R65 million every month.

Gasping for financial assistance, Amathole District Municipality officials met with Cooperative Governance Minister Nkhosazana Dlamini-Zuma and provincial Treasury on Tuesday.

READ: Broke Amathole District Municipality won't be able to pay 4 months' salaries

Maneli is optimistic they'll get help.

“The meeting is adjourned for this Thursday. We’re going to rope in the national Treasury and Salga, it was clear that the Department of Cooperative Governance was sympathetic towards our cause.”

The mayor said the employment of over 900 workers between the 2013/14 and 2017/18 financial years, resulted in an inflated staff compliment.

“It was just a wrong decision to employ people in those positions because they were not assisting the institution in terms of the service delivery model.”

Municipal Manager Thandekile Mnyimba drafted a turnaround strategy for the institution. It points to mismanagement by previous administrations that contributed to the current disastrous state of affairs.

READ: Mayor Khanyile Maneli's full speech on the state of the Amathole district on 13 January 2021

Maneli Amathole Final Speec... by Primedia Broadcasting

A lifeline meeting set up to figure out how to help the struggling Amathole District Municipality will resume on Thursday.

The municipality cites the standardisation of salaries, introduction of the Essential Car User Scheme and non-payment of Amatola Water Board debt as some contributing factors for the its current, dismal financial state.

Mayor Maneli has vowed to work tirelessly to turn the situation around.

“The situation we’re facing today forces us to act fast and implement life-saving decisions that will save the institution and protect their workers and their families.”

Mnyimba said they would need R180 million to help pay workers' salaries from February until June.

“The mayor has requested support from both the provincial and national government.”

Mnyiba says they've also requested R150 million from national Treasury to fund the municipality's 'Mutual Separation Agreements' with staff.

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