THE BAD

Finweek English Edition - - THE WEEK -

A last­ing so­lu­tion must be found to en­sure that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pay their Eskom ac­counts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. It is un­fair that pay­ing con­sumers and busi­nesses should have to deal with the in­con­ve­nience of power dis­rup­tions, a (com­pletely le­gal) black­mail­ing strat­egy by Eskom to force mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to pay their bills. At the time of writ­ing on 18 Jan­uary, con­sumers and busi­nesses in 11 towns in the North West and North­ern Cape have had to deal with power cuts from 6:00 to 8:00 and 17:00 to 19:30 from Mon­days to Fri­days, and from 8:30 to 11:00 and from 15:00 to 17:30 over week­ends.

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