Mayor launches an electrification project in Thabine

Today, Wednesday, 02 March 2016, Mayor Dikeledi Mmetle launched yet another electrification project that will see 685 families in Gamaphala Village in Thabine connected by the end of June this year. Mmetle who addressed a crowd made mainly of beneficiaries earlier today said that 94% of the households in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality now have electricity. She said areas that remain without electricity were new extensions which came after their villages got electricity. She said that since 2011 when the current council took oath of office, more than 15 000 families who did not have electricity are now connected.

The Mayor introduced the contactor to the community as well as the project steering committee and the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) and urged the community to work hand in hand with the team. The project will cover three wards, which are ward 32, 33 and 34. The Greater Tzaneen Municipality in conjunction with Eskom and with the funding from the National Department of Energy has embarked on massive electricity roll out projects which saw them launch similar projects in Juluesburg, Khopo, Mineview. Mayor will tomorrow launch another project in Xihoko Village.

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The Greater Tzaneen Municipality has received numerous complaints from residents in relation to their monthly municipal bills. The bulk of the complaints are related to electricity charges and disconnection fees.

Residents are reminded that the deadline for payments is the 25th of each month, those who fail to meet the deadline will receive a reminder. Failure to act on the reminder will result in the defaulter receiving a “final request” notice, which is accompanied by a R45.00 fee plus VAT. Action will therefore be required from the accountholder within three days of receiving the “final request” notice. 

Failure to act within the stipulated timeframe will result in the delivery of a disconnection notice and subsequent disconnection. The disconnection notice is delivered at the same time that the actual disconnection is done. 

A disconnection fee of R365.00 plus VAT will be billed into the account of the property owner or account holder. The electricity will only be reconnected after payment is made.

We have appointed a service provider to do meter reading on behalf of the municipality and they have already started with their work. The readings are collected on a monthly basis and captured onto our financial systems.

For accuracy and as proof a photo of the meter at the time when the reading is recorded is taken and uploaded into the account.

The hike in electricity bills in most instances in a result of the heat wave which led to residents overusing their air conditioners. The air conditioner consumes more electricity more than most household utilities.

Residents who have queries or are not satisfied with their accounts are welcome to lodge their queries with our accounts section in the Finance Department.  Residents can visit the municipality and our officers at Credit Control will kindly explain the charges and rectify any errors thereof.

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The Greater Tzaneen Municipality invites grade 12 learners residing in the Greater Tzaneen
Municipality (GTM) intending to enrol in higher learning institutions for 2016, to apply for the
Mayor’s Student Financial Aid Scheme (MSFAS).

MSFAS was created to assist learners from poor families register in universities and training
colleges (FETs) with a view that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will
finance them further.

The MSFAS has assisted over 300 students since its inception and GTM continues to
increase the MSFAS budget annually to cater for more students.

Applicants must provide the following with their applications forms found on our website and
municipal offices:

  • Proof of parents income
  • Recent academic records
  • Certified copy of ID
  • admission letter from a reputable tertiary institution or proof of registration,
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and a motivational letter.

Applications forms are available at Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Agatha Street, in the
Mayor’s Office and the Communications & Marketing Office.

NB: Please note that MSFAS only pays a registration fee of R5000 per student.

Completed forms must be sent to P O Box 24, Tzaneen, 0850 or hand delivered at the
Mayor’s Office or Communications & Marketing Office.

Call 015 307 8005 or 015 307 8045 for enquiries

Closing date is 14 January 2016

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