02 Aug 2017 19:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Redforce Debt Management, the company contracted to handle debt collection for the Keetmanshoop Municipality, on Wednesday donated 100 cell phones and SIM cards to pensioners of the southern town.
The purpose of the gesture is to create a platform for the elderly to be updated on their municipal accounts on a regular basis.
The companys Chief Executive Officer, Julius Nyamazana handed over the communication devices to Keetmanshoop Mayor, Gaudentia Kröhne.
In a statement, the municipality said Redforce requested the local authority to distribute the cell phones to elderly residents for them to manage their municipal bills.
In this electronic era, it is important that the elderly are included and can also enjoy the benefits of mobile communication, Nyamazana was quoted as saying.
The debt agency plans to employ cell phone communication as the primary method of keeping in touch with local clients regarding their arrears.
Residents reportedly owe the municipality an accrued amount of N.dollars 60 million on services, rates and taxes.
Redforce was appointed a few months ago to collect the outstanding funds over a two-year period.
The company will also rollout a door-to-door data collection campaign to upload accurate client information on the municipalitys database for future billing and account tracking.
The debt collection exercise should be seen in a positive light, Nyamazana reiterated, as it will increase the municipalitys cash flow for the improved provision of vital services at the town.
Kröhne thanked Redforce for the token to the elderly, further urging municipal clients to visit the companys offices and make payment arrangements on their outstanding accounts.