Eskom will cut power to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - – Siseko Njobeni

ESKOM in­tends to go ahead with in­ter­rup­tions of power sup­ply to de­fault­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the East­ern Cape, North­ern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Free State prov­inces, the power util­ity said on Fri­day. The North Gaut­eng High Court ear­lier this month dis­missed AfriFo­rum’s le­gal bid to pre­vent Eskom from in­ter­rupt­ing power sup­ply to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. “Eskom is locked be­tween a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and run­ning foul of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Management Act. Rel­e­vant laws and stan­dards com­pel us to col­lect over­due debt and fail­ure to com­ply has dire con­se­quences for the en­tity,” said Eskom in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mat­shela Koko. Eskom said it had spared no ef­fort to col­lect am­i­ca­bly. Eskom said it would in­ter­rupt power sup­ply from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7.30pm on week­days. It would also in­ter­rupt power sup­ply from 8.30am to 11am and 3pm to 5.30pm on week­ends. “If Eskom can­not col­lect its debt, it es­sen­tially spells the death knell of Eskom, which will have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the coun­try’s econ­omy,” said Koko.

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