Swakopmunders owe more than N$100 million

01 December 2021 | Local News

ERWIN LEUSCHNER

Swakopmund residents owe the town over N$100 million.

This figure was made public on Thursday last week during the last town council meeting for the year.

At the meeting councillors dealt with the issue of collecting the outstanding debts.

Water bills are responsible for a significant portion of the debt. According to the agenda Swakopmund has not disconnected any water connection due to non-payment as a directive by cabinet stated.

“It is commendable what the council has achieved, especially when you consider the situation in other cities. We have not yet cut any resident’s water connection,” said councillor Blasius Goraseb (LPM).

He urged residents to pay their bills though, so that “we don't have to consider stringent measures”.

“We need this N$100 million. Let's pay our bills,” he said.

During the meeting the council decided that consumers will be granted a grace period to make arrangements for settlement of their outstanding debts before the end of March 2022.

“Council approves a 10 percent settlement discount for payment of account balances older than 90 days,” it states in the agenda.

Furthermore, the finance department is currently “busy with debt recovery strategies with internal resources as well as through our debt collectors”.

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