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durbanSunday Tribune reports that residents of eThekwini are experiencing ongoing utility billing bungles and electricity disconnections, because management at the city’s revenue department are allegedly not qualified to do their jobs.  

Whistle-blowers within the unit allege that the current revenue protection manager was placed in the position despite not having any information technology experience, which is a prerequisite for the handling of the complex and controversial Revenue Management System (RMS).  Incorrect billing has been an ongoing problem for several months ever since the R620m system system was rolled out in full last year.  The system was implemented to streamline the city’s revenue billing and was first mooted 11 years ago.  The city estimated the system would cost between R90m and R150m in 2004, but this figure escalated.  Mayor Zandile Gumede has admitted that there is a problem with the system.  However, municipal whistle-blowers said last week that managers were not trained to use it, nor did they have any IT qualifications.  DA councillor and Exco member Heinz de Boer said it had become a trend in the municipality for people to be placed in top positions without having the correct qualifications.

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