Thabazimbi municipality placed under administration

Thabazimbi municipality placed under administration

Thabazimbi municipality in Limpopo has been placed under administration as Eskom threatens to cut the power supply, it emerged on Friday.


Limpopo co-operative governance, human settlements, and traditional affairs MEC Makoma Makhurupetje deployed the department's CEO, PRM Khunou, as financial specialist for a period of three months to help rescue the municipality.


"This happens after the rapid assessment report that showed the municipality's inability to honour its financial obligations," Makhurupetje said.


Eskom recently threatened to cut the power supply to the municipality.


Thabazimbi is one of 20 municipalities in the country that owe Eskom a combined R4.6 billion for the supply of bulk electricity.


In terms of the Municipal Systems Act and the Constitution the MEC had an obligation to assist the municipality out of the current situation, said Makhurupetje


Khunou would be supported by a team from the provincial treasury, Makhurupetje's department, and the SA Local Government Association.


Makhurupetje said the move was intended to ensure that the municipality's situation improved so that it could deliver services to the people of Thabazimbi.


"It is expected of the municipality to support the intervention and provide such written commitment for the support, including [a] council resolution, to the office of the MEC as a matter of urgency and also to give full co-operation to the intervention team."



File photo: Limpopo Online


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