Joburg gives 2 developments one week to fork out R28m they owe the City

13 February 2019

The City of Johannesburg has
given the owners of two properties one week to pay it a combined R28m which
they owe, apparently for illegal electricity connections.

Mayor Herman Mashaba said in a
statement on Tuesday that he uncovered the huge sums when he undertook another
Buya Mthetho Revenue Enhancement Operation around parts of the municipality.

Mashaba was accompanied by Member
of Mayoral Committee for Finance Funzela Ngobeni and chief operations officer
Floyd Brink during the operation which targeted large non-compliant

“Illegal connections
seriously hamper the City’s ability to deliver quality service to the people of
Johannesburg,” he said.

“Operation Buya Mthetho is a
daily ward-based raid initiative focusing on the implementation of the City’s
by-laws within the municipality. Since its inception, R1.3bn in lost revenue
has been recovered.

“The revenue enhancement unit has been actively targeting large non-compliant developments to recuperate lost revenue when the City’s services are connected illegally.”

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