Eskom reprieve

Grocott's Mail - - ECONOMIX - STAFF REPORTER

Eskom has resched­uled elec­tric­ity in­ter­rup­tions to three East­ern Cape mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties fol­low­ing non-pay­ment of their bills.

The power util­ity had planned the pend­ing in­ter­rup­tions of bulk elec­tric­ity to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ray­mond Mh­laba, Wal­ter Sisulu and Inx­uba Yethemba for Wed­nes­day. How­ever, the in­ter­rup­tions have been resched­uled for to­day (Fri­day).

This is to al­low the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ad­di­tional time to make ad­e­quate pay­ment or to ta­ble firm debt set­tle­ment pro­pos­als to Eskom.

Over the last few days, Eskom has been en­gag­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing the pend­ing in­ter­rup­tions.

“We are still hope­ful that we will be able to find mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tions be­fore Fri­day, 15 Septem­ber. We firmly be­lieve that the in­ter­rup­tion of sup­ply to any cus­tomer for non-pay­ment is al­ways the op­tion of last re­sort and we will con­tinue to en­gage the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties over the next two days in an at­tempt to avert the sup­ply in­ter­rup­tions,” said Eskom.

Last month, Co­op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Des Van Rooyen said sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were com­ply­ing with the ar­range­ments made with Eskom to set­tle their elec­tric­ity debt.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pro­vided by the Pres­i­dency af­ter the meet­ing, 58 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties owe the power util­ity R7.5 bil­lion. This in­cluded around R50 mil­lion owed to Eskom by Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

– SANews.gov.za

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