TLM urges residents to pay for municipal rates and services

Mr Thabo Mogapi, a resident of Northam paying for his services at Northam TLC offices, he is assisted by  TLM officials, Pauline Chirwa, Tebogo Kibinyane and Moipone Pholoba during debt collection campaign.
Mr Thabo Mogapi, a resident of Northam paying for his services at Northam TLC offices, he is assisted by TLM officials, Pauline Chirwa, Tebogo Kibinyane and Moipone Pholoba during debt collection campaign.

Thabazimbi – Thabazimbi Local Municipality has raised concern at the high rate of non payments of rates and taxes by residents of the Municipality.
The municipality is owed millions by its residents and some businesses according to the Mayor, Cllr Patricia Mosito; the municipality is still continuing to provide services to destitute residents, high number of informal settlements and to those who are not indigents anymore. The situation is negatively affecting the municipality’s revenue.
Mosito said the Municipality is currently embarking in public participation meetings, which seek to encourage residents to pay their rates and services and also registering indigents. We further made an appeal to all indigents to notify the municipality when they get employed.
“We have been aware of the people who are working, but still they receive services as people who have registered as indigents. We therefore urge such people to start paying for their services so they can help municipality to strengthen their supply of the services to our people.”
Mosito added the municipality needs to increase its revenue to effectively render services to communities.
“Our people must be aware that it is only through the revenue collected that the municipality is able to continue giving its residents better basic services. People who pay their services are less when compared to those getting services for free and that tells you that municipality will always shift the budgets to something else which as the organisation we feel that it not good because only those who can’t afford to pay should get free services.”
Mosito also urged the public to attend the public participation programmes, so that they contribute to the debates on how the municipality can render basic services to its people.