ADM TO EFFECT DISCONECTIONS TO RECOVER R1,2 BILLION OWED BY DEBTORS
ADM HEADQUARTERS - TUESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2021
At the end of 31 October 2021, a total of R1,2 billion of which 66% thereof is domestic households category, is still owed to Amathole District Municipality.
While some of the debtors have come forth to make arrangements to service their accounts through the now extended incentive scheme which initially ran for 4 months, some, particularly domestic, are still among the top defaulters and with the lowest turnout. This non-payment of services by ADM debtors is a grave concern as it weighs heavily on the district’s ability to meet its obligations, among those ensuring quality production of water and more important, timeous payments to its creditors.
As a carrying entity, ADM decorously informed all its debtors including the departments of their debt escalation. It also went a step further in its resolve and reached a compromise to extend the Incentive Scheme to 31 January 2022 for this category along with the commercial / business sector. Entities such as the local municipalities and departments have until 30 November 2021 to service their debts. This is in hope that all affected parties would comply as failure to make payment will be met with strict disconnections of services after the agreed-on dates.
For individuals who are unable to meet their debt due to unemployment, they are encouraged to approach the district offices in their areas to apply and register for indigent services as failure to service their accounts without clear reasons will be met with strict restriction of services as well.
We further appeal for communities to be on the lookout of any illegal water connections, vandalism to water infrastructure and to kindly utilise the little water we have with care.