THE NMMM is up in arms about outstanding debt! Firstly little or no incentive is offered for early payment.
Maybe the municipality should try offering minimal discounts for early payers as opposed to charging interest for late payers, and generate a culture of willing, happy payers.
This said, the electrical tariff system is punitive on a scale of exponential proportion. It is time for the NMMM not to penalise future thinkers by restricting the prepaid meter system to daily allowances but instead it should provide free market principles.
I, as an end user, should be able to purchase electricity in bulk, that is a minimum of a year's usage. Advance payment should be buffered through investment channels, but this will require serious management abilities in the NMMM which seems to be lacking.
Then maybe if the workers would strike less and work more the atmosphere would change.
It is clear from the state of affairs the metro is in, the time is ripe for major change. If the present model is not working, try a new one.
You can't keep simply applying the budget principle of we need so much and divide it by who can pay. If this rule continues when we are left with one paying citizen he will have to foot the bill to the tune of R8-billion – not practical.
Growth plans should be growing the paying citizen base, that means no more free handouts. Poorer communities need to pay according to their means, a percentage scale based on the household income – check those census stats.
Cheaper rates is far better than free services to get revenue in. People will also start to save what they are paying for instead of leaving the free water tap open.
Now sit around a large table and organise it, it won't happen by itself.
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