Chamber of Commerce deplores Sol Plaatje Municipality’s outstanding debt to Eskom – SABC News
The North Cape Chamber of Commerce deplored the outstanding debt of the municipality of Sol Plaatje to Eskom. The electricity utility says municipalities in the province owe it more than R2.8 billion. The Kimberley-based municipality owes Eskom just over R470 million.
The chamber says it has tried to engage the municipality on the issue numerous times. The Chamber’s Sharon Steyn says this continuing problem will have a detrimental effect on business.
“Sol Plaatje does not take into consideration what is happening to the town of Kimberley. The sooner this is done, the sooner the Municipality of Sol Plaatje will realize that companies want to work with them. Companies have proposals, we have options, we have suggestions that we would like to discuss with the executive mayor of the municipality of Sol Plaatje, but unfortunately we cannot even get an appointment with the executive mayor as chamber of commerce,” says Steyn.
Steyn says big business and government institutions should be held accountable for not paying their municipal bills.
“The culprits must be extinguished, it’s as simple as that. That’s how it works in the formal sector and that’s how it’s supposed to be done, but it’s not done. Let’s hold Sol Plaatje responsible if he doesn’t do the right thing and I think that’s what the companies are saying. Fair is fair. You can’t turn off an individual, who maybe hasn’t paid for two months or whatever, but big business and big business, government departments, why aren’t they paying? Sorry, the responsibility does not exist at the municipality of Sol Plaatje,” explains Steyn.
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