Bulawayo’s Rich Just Don’t Want To Pay Council For Services
20 May 2019
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City Of Bulawayo

THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has said residents in the city’s affluent suburbs are the worst rate payers as they constitute the majority of debtors.

Council is owed more than $100 million by residents and the business community.

Recently, it resolved to resume water disconnections with immediate effect after it observed lack of commitment to clear arrears by its debtors.

In the latest council report, the local authority provided statistics on how much it is owed by each of the municipality’s 29 wards.

The report identified Ward 4 as its worst domestic debtor.

Ward 4 consists of suburbs such as Burnside, Ascot, Willsgrove, Glencoe, Lochview, Riverside, Buena Vista, Manningdale, Sunninghill, Waterford, Matsheumhlope Portion, Hillside Portion, Fortunes Gate, Malindela, Woodlands, Ilanda and Selbourne Park Phases 1 and 2.

The suburbs have a joint $10 million debt from 9 302 debtors and 1 924 did not make any payments in the last six months.

According to the report, Ward 4 is closely followed by Ward 3 that has the following suburbs; Hume Park, Suburbs, Killarney, Orange Grove, Queens Park East, Romney Park, Sunnyside, Paddonhurst, Kumalo, Glengarry, Parklands, Northlea, Woodville and Mahatshula with a combined $7,2 million debt.

The report shows that Ward 3 has 11 137 debtors and 1 786 of them have not made any payments to the local authority in the last six months.

Ward 2, which has suburbs that include Sauerstown, Tegela, Norwood, Richmond, Windsor Park and Glenville, Trenance North, Highmount, Harrisvale, Queensdale,Kingsdale, Trenance, Northgate, Queens Park West and North End has debts amounting to $5,3 million.

The Ward, the report states, has 5 959 debtors and 1 096 of them have not made any efforts to clear their debts in last six months.

In the western suburbs, Ward 13 dominates the domestic debt book as it owes council $5,4 million from 4 475 debtors who include 1 128 who have not made any payments to the local authority in half a year.

The ward has Pelandaba, Iminyela and Mabutweni suburbs as well as Kelvin North industrial site.

Ward 27 under which Pumula South and Pelandaba West suburbs fall in the western areas owes council $4,3 million.

From the council’s report, suburbs such as Old Luveve, New Luveve and Luveve Industries owe council the least amount just above $1,3 million from 2 692 debtors with 418 of them having not made any payments in the last six months. .

Council said in light of the ballooning debt, it will take drastic measures to remain afloat and provide services.