Eskom will cut power to municipalities
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.