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Mbombela: Requests for audits of water meters fall on death ears

It seems that the promises of water meter audits made by the Mayor of the Mbombela Local Municipality, Sibongile Makushe, were no more than lip service.

On 31 May 2021, the Mbombela council adopted a motion regarding the necessity to read water meters across the Municipality (Mbombela/Nelspruit, Barberton, Hazyview, Kaapschehoop, Skukuza, White River).

In March 2022, the FF Plus requested that water audits be conducted to enable Mbombela to evaluate its water consumption and losses. During an open council meeting, the Mayor indicated that audits will be done and feedback will be provided to the council, on request, in the form of reports.

Not a single report on the promised audits has been tabled thus far. No feedback was provided to the written questions to the Mayor either.

Meanwhile, Mbombela residents who receive monthly water bills without water meter readings are threatened with having their water supply cut if they do not pay the bills.

Taxpayers are being blackmailed. Some taxpayers have not paid their water bills since 2012, but are still being supplied with water.

Other taxpayers' water meters are buried underground while others are installed upside down, making it impossible to take readings.

The failure to implement this council decision is possibly wasting funds, while it is something that can easily be rectified.

Follow-up questions will be sent to the Mbombela Municipality and if they remain unanswered, a complaint will be lodged with the National Consumer Commission.

This would not have happened if it were an FF Plus-controlled Municipality.



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