Eskom’s no pay, no power plan

2015-04-11 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Eskom plans to interrupt bulk electricity ­supply to the top 20 defaulting municipalities with effect from June.

As at March 31, the total municipal arrears debt greater than 30 days was R4,6 billion, Eskom said in a statement yesterday.

Of this amount, the top 20 defaulting municipalities are currently indebted to Eskom to the amount of R3,68 billion for the bulk supply of electricity.

Eskom said it was “contemplating” a regulated interruption of electricity on Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 9 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm.

Eskom notified all parties who were likely to be materially and adversely affected as it contemplates interrupting bulk electricity supply to the top 20 defaulting municipalities across the country with effect from June 5 2015, the power utility said.

“Non-payment for electricity undermines Eskom’s statutory obligation to generate and supply electricity to municipalities nationally on a financially sustainable basis,” said acting Eskom CEO Zethembe Khoza.

“We have therefore decided to exercise our right according to the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and the supply agreement with mu-nicipalities, which entitled us to disconnect the supply of ­electricity to defaulting municipalities.”

THE TOP 20 DEFAULTING MUNICIPALITIES

• Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality

• Matjhabeng Municipality

• Emalahleni Local Municipality

• Ngwathe Local Municipality

• Thaba Chweu Local Municipality

• Lekwa Local Municipality

• Govan Mbeki Municipality

• City of Matlosana Local Municipality

• Naledi Local Municipality

• Thabazimbi Local Municipality

• Msukaligwa Local Municipality

• Lichtenburg Municipality

• Nala Local Municipality

• Makana Local Municipality

• Madibeng Local Municipality

• Randfontein Local Municipality

• Dihlabeng Municipality

• Nketoana Local Municipality

• Nama Khoi Local Municipality

• Westonaria Local Municipality

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