The cash boost of R42 million injected into the Nelson Mandela Metro to save it from a cash crisis was due to persistence and intervention by the Democratic Alliance at provincial and municipal level.
The bulk of the payment – which is reported to be the biggest ever received by the Metro in a single day – was a R32 million-payment from the Department of Public Works.
As a result of the DA’s commitment to service delivery this money can now be used to improve services to our Metro communities.
A motion to the Provincial Legislature brought by myself earlier this year was the catalyst that saw outstanding monies owed to municipalities receive attention.
Although the motion was defeated on a technicality it was clear that the outstanding monies be paid as required by the PFMA (Public Finance Management Act).
Persistent questioning at Metro-level by Councillor Leon de Villiers and his committee and further pressure from the DA in the Legislature resulted in this payment to solve the cash crisis.
While this is only the beginning of the monies owed to the Metro, the DA will ensure that all outstanding debts owing to the Metro and other municipalities are paid in due course.
The DA will at provincial level be monitoring that the funds are spent on bettering the lives by supplying much needed services like clinics, sanitation and infrastructural maintenance to all communities as the funds become available.
For further information, please contact Dacre Haddon, MPL on 079 694 3788
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