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City tackles illegal connections

City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba together with Johannesburg COO Floyd Brink were in the inner city, tackling illegal connections.

They were doing this through Operation Buya Mthetho and it was part of operations, which are going to take place on coming weeks.

“Illegal connections affect the City to deliver quality services to the people of Johannesburg. The operation is daily ward based raid, focusing on implementation of City’s bylaws. This takes place within the municipality. Since it started, over R1, 3 billion that was lost in revenue was recovered, by Buya Mthetho Revenue Enhancement Operation. The enhancement unit has been active and targeting large non-complaint developments to recuperate lost revenue. That is when the City’s services are connected illegally”, said Mashaba.

He added that the unit has also recovered R100 million per month in lost revenue. Mashaba said they visited three sites.

“We started with Noverna Court which is a high-rise building with an alleged R1 781 788.75 owed by the City for services. When we arrive, residents raised their concerns about the dispute on the ownership of property between the City and a consortium. The consortium also promised to provide the City with documents showing ownership of the property. We have also received proof of payment amounting to R600 000 which was owed to residents”, he added.

Mashaba said he visited another property which is said to owe the City R3 722 738.38 according to investigations. He added that the building also has illegal connections especially water services.

“Practice of illegal service connections cost the City. Funds are needed therefore to upgrade aged infrastructure and installation in communities that never had services before”, said Mashaba.

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