North residents ticked by new metro billing

Residents gather at Bana Primary School on Sunday to discuss their complaints against the Tshwane metro. Photo: Reatlegile Ratlegile

At least 1 000 residents turned up at Bana Primary School in Mabopane on 6 August to discuss their complaints against the Tshwane metro.

The resident of Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Winderveldt were responding to the metro’s new aggregated billing system.

Community leader David Ratladi said the residents were unhappy with the system, and that the metro had made the decision without consultation.

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Ratladi said an audit should have been done for the metro to know how to bill the poor households.

Mabopane resident, Margret Senye (70) said she was unhappy with the system as it would have a negative effect her her finances as pensioner who depended on the government grant to survive.

“In the past, the city considered me the poorest of the poor and I did not have to pay bills but now under the new system I will have to pay.”

Senye, who provided for her four grandchildren, said she divided her social grant according to household needs and could not afford to pay what the new system required her to.

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Another resident, Danile Molubi said the metro should have informed residents before just sending them bills.

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