At the end of September, defaulting municipalities owed Eskom R17bn, reported This has resulted in Eskom cutting off electricity supply to entire towns. This, in turn, resulted in businesses going to court to have power restored, according to the paper. In November, minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Zweli Mkhize appeared before Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts to report on this stand-off. Among other things, he asked the panel to deal with the restructuring of the debt and the billing of municipalities by Eskom. While “there was agreement on the need to install prepaid meters, how to restructure the debt has not been resolved”, said the paper.