This is no idle question. The financial reverberations are significant as service providers wrestle each other to gain desperately needed revenue, and debts mount in municipalities.
So a lot is at stake when parliamentary committees wrangle over this question.
It also explains why a year or more has passed without any resolution. But what makes it especially difficult to reach a conclusion, parliament heard last week, is an apparent lack of political will to resolve this dilemma on the part of the relevant government departments.
A joint meeting of the committees of Energy and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) was held to receive an update from the Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on the electricity distribution industry and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.
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