Electricity troubles tackled

2017-09-27 06:03
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The DA in the Free State has announced it has made a submission to Eskom, motivating on behalf of the people of the province the suspension of the implementation of power interruptions.

The submission was made on Monday, 18 September, at the height of the Free State municipalities’ dire financial situation being noted.

Patricia Kopane, DA member of parliament and provincial leader, said the power utility had intended to implement scheduled interruptions in the supply of electricity to defaulting municipalities.

“In addition to the submission, the DA has tabled motions in council in all affected municipalities, calling for the immediate ring-fencing of all income generated via electricity sales for the sole purposes of paying the amounts owed to Eskom, as well as for the maintenance of electrical infrastructure,” Kopane said.

“The motion further calls on local councils to ensure that this ring-fencing remains in place until such time all debts owed to Eskom older than 30 days are paid.”

Kopane said she had also requested Kevin Mileham, the DA’s shadow minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), to write to the chairperson of the portfolio committee on Cogta in the Natio-nal Assembly to request a joint meeting with the portfolio on public enterprises and Eskom.

“This is in order to find a workable solution that will avoid the interruption of bulk electricity supply in the Free State.

“The DA maintains that municipalities must pay their Eskom accounts. But we also cannot allow a situation where paying custo-mers and users of electricity are to be penalised as a result of the poor governance of the ANC,” said Kopane.

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