News from the Eastern Cape:
Bhisho’s Health Department headquarters have had their telephone lines cut thanks to the department’s unpaid Telkom bill of more than R23 million
“We have no money; we are in the red and cannot pay all our creditors,” departmental spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo admitted yesterday, before adding: “All other public health facilities do have functioning telephone lines.”
Kupelo said not only did the Health Department owe Telkom R23m, they owed a further R180m to other service providers.
What’s worrying is that Telkom typically has that automated lady’s voice call when a bill is just over by a day or so requesting immediate payment, lest a lawyer be sent in after you. I wonder how often Ms Automated called the numbers in the Department of Health and left a message?
Telkom should be more consistent in their approach to these situations – the client declared themselves “R 1.8bn in the red”… perhaps they should have sent a letter?