Unpaid power bill creates ‘a costly mess’ at Tshwane deeds office

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Unpaid power bill creates ‘a costly mess’ at Tshwane deeds office

Three-day backlog that resulted is just one case among many in SA that are having a dire impact on the economy

Senior journalist

The Pretoria deeds office was closed for the best part of three days earlier in November because its electricity was cut off due to an unpaid bill of R3,646,904.99, owed by the landlord.

This was confirmed by Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba, who said the department of public works had stepped in and made an arrangement to clear the debt — though it was not responsible for the nonpayment.

Thami Mchunu of public works clarified it was not his department at fault and that it did not owe Tshwane for any buildings it leased on behalf of client departments. He said the department had paid every invoice sent to it by the landlord and it was not in arrears. It was the landlord who had failed to pay the electricity that was cut...

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