Municipal Manager Roger Nkhumise published a notice to this effect in the Klerksdorp Midweek newspaper on Tuesday 24 March. Urgent meetings between hospital management and the municipality averted the crisis. Ntswaki Makgetha confirmed that the matter has been resolved and the power will not be disconnected.
She could not disclose the hospital’s account details as it is confidential.
“The municipality has an approved credit control and debt collection policy which outlines the process to be followed when debtors default on payments of their rates and surcharges which includes the disconnection of services.
“Like all residents the municipality has a responsibility to collect money due to it for services provided to government departments including schools and hospitals.’’
Nico Masiu, hospital spokesperson, said the advertisement of the notice to the public was unnecessary and caused panic. “The hospital and Matlosana municipal management reached an agreement that there will be no cut off of electricity, and the notice is withdrawn with immediate effect.
“The hospital is providing essential services to the public; we have admitted patients that are on ventilation and we would not risk any loss of lives as to have municipality cut off electricity.
“We therefore, appeal to community to not panic, the dispute is amicably resolved as both municipality and the hospital has responsibility towards ensuring the lives of those vulnerably preserved, and the hospital continues the service without any undue interruptions,” Masiu said.