Tshwane will write off R754m in debt incurred by poor residents in the council’s Mawiga Zone.Residents incurred the debt while they were receiving services from an entity formerly known as Sandspruit Works Association‚ which the council voted to close down in July 2017.Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga says a condition of the debt write-off is that "the residents affected begin paying for the municipal services provided to them by the city"."This is designed to encourage the residents of Mawiga to start being conscientious rate payers while also rehabilitating the debtors book," Msimanga said on Thursday. "This is a progressive and pro-poor move by council this afternoon."He promised the city would immediately begin working to ensure services to Mawiga were dramatically improved. "This includes but is not limited to the R5m project to replace sewer pipes‚ which started towards the end of last year. "This project is currently under way and there are also plans to make additional funding a...

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