Cash-strapped Msunduzi schools receive bailout

Cash-strapped Msunduzi schools receive bailout

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department is allocating R5 million to schools that are not able to pay their water bills in Msunduzi. 

Tap water

One school, which owes the City R2 million in unpaid bills, had its water supply cut last month. It's since been restored. 

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"We reconnected them after getting a commitment from both the MEC and the District Director that they will be paying, in fact, they have paid something toward the school," says mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla. 

He says there are another 10 schools that owe the local municipality R10 million. The department will assist them financially, as well.  

KZN Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi says they are willing to negotiate with Msunduzi but want to address other issues like possible overcharges. 

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A meeting between the municipality and the mayor is scheduled to take place next week. 

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