High court orders Joburg to reconnect Balwin estate’s water supply

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The Reid Lifestyle Estate claims it’s being ‘held to ransom’ for amounts it does not owe.

The City of Johannesburg was ordered to within two hours restore the water supply to a residential estate developed by JSE-listed Balwin Properties, after it was terminated because of alleged municipal accounts’ arrears.

The amounts allegedly owed to the city were already part of the metro’s dispute resolution process when water supply to the The Reid Lifestyle Estate in Linbro Park was cut off on Friday.

his resulted in the Reid Residents Association lodging an urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court, asking for it to order the metro to restore the water supply to the estate.

Acting Judge AJ Shepstone early on Friday evening ordered the metro to restore the water supply to the estate within two hours, but indefinitely postponed other relief the residents association was seeking in its application against the metro.

The disconnection and reconnection occurred against the backdrop of the City of Johannesburg having a total debtors book of R44.82 billion in January this year.

Read the full article on Moneyweb here.

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