ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO PAY THEIR RATES FOR WARDS TO DEVELOP: COUNCILLORS URGED
By Khumbulani Maphosa
THE Mangwe community should ensure that they pay their rates on time so as to realise development in their wards, said the Finance and Human Resources committee Chairperson, Cllr B Ndlovu.
Cllr Ndlovu said this during a full Council meeting on Tuesday 18 August 2009 at the Mangwe RDC offices.
“The money collected through rates and levies will be ploughed back to the community to develop roads and other forms of infrastructure. If a ward has not paid its rates, it will not realise much development because we will not allow funds to be taken from a ward which contributes in terms of rates, to develop another ward that does no contribute anything,” said Cllr Ndlovu
He also advised the council authorities to ensure that development programmes are done speedily in the wards so as to motivate ratepayers to pay their rates on time as they will be realizing the fruits of their rates.
Speaking at the same meeting, the Mangwe Rural District Chief Executive Officer Mr N Mangoye urged councillors to open ward accounts where their proceeds will be deposited.
“Councillors, through their local leadership systems and structures should open ward accounts. It is unacceptable for the council to hand over hard cash meant to be ward plough-backs to individual Councillors as it is risky and compromises on professionalism and accountability,” he said.