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Eskom threatens to cut off 2 towns

2012-02-23 11:35

Johannesburg - The towns of Standerton and Morgenzon in Mpumalanga may soon be without electricity due to overdue electricity accounts.

Eskom informed several large companies over the past week that the towns may face a power cut.

The Lekwa municipality owes Eskom close to R12m after its September account ran up to R34m. Since then, the municipality has been struggling to pay off the electricity account.

One of the large companies in the area reliant on electricity is the Early Bird chicken farm.

An employee of the company confirmed on Wednesday that an Eskom official had informed them that power could be cut.

Although the company pays part of its electricity account directly to Eskom, power is also supplied to the company by the municipality.

“Each month we pay the total amount we owe to the municipality.”

Account being paid

Several smaller companies also confirmed they had been warned that electricity problems were coming their way.

Municipality spokesperson Sipho Mkwanazi confirmed on Wednesday that the council had problems with paying the electricity account.

“We were very far behind at one stage but are busy paying the account. We pay over money to Eskom on almost a daily basis as soon as cash flow is available.”

Mpumalanga’s department of co-operational government had to step in to prevent Eskom from cutting electricity to the towns in November last year.

“It was not only Eskom that wasn’t paid, but many other suppliers to the council. It doesn’t look like government is serious about helping the struggling municipality,” said DA councillor Rosier de Ville.

Eskom spokesperson Juanita Vogel said their communication with the municipality was confidential.
 

Comments
  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-02-23 11:49

    Yeah rite, the municipal manager of standerton drives a bmw x6, the roads r in total disrepair. These r symptoms of dysfunctional municipality. Ppl in jobs without the necessary skills and integrity

      Dominic - 2012-02-23 12:53

      its time for the members of public in those two towns, the ones that have paid there bills to the municipality to band together and lay criminal charges against municipality staff that recieve those payments and dont pay over to eskom, its called theft or at least miss use of funds. someone has to be held accountable.

      Nigel - 2012-02-23 14:19

      People should stop voting for these managers (the ANC), let them get a 52% election result & see how quickly they wake up.

  • Doc - 2012-02-23 11:50

    Eskom=fat cat bullies

      Nigel - 2012-02-23 14:38

      Eskom as a company is actually not a bad organization, they are most definitely trying to solve the problems, its one or two individuals at the top + the Energy ministers pre 2009 that have cocked things up royally. Besides our power problems are not just because of Eskom, the coal fired plants had insufficient coal to run due to poor supply chain management, which resulted in rolling blackouts in 2008 + our genius government decided to sell huge amounts of electricity to neighboring countries at less than cost. Affirmaitive action resulted in many skilled people leaving Eskom, which resulted in the damaged turbine at the Nuclear power station, again thanks to government ineptitude, so most of the blame should be laid at the doors of the ANC government, surprise, surprise!!!!

  • John - 2012-02-23 11:52

    If you voted for an incompetent municipality - then you will sit in the cold without lights! CUT OFF THE ELECTRICITY ESKOM! No need for threats JUST DO IT!

      David - 2012-02-23 12:08

      Shame tog. What's going to happen to those innocent Early Bird chickens?...will they be killed even earlier?

  • Deon - 2012-02-23 12:15

    First cut the power to the municipal offices.

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2012-02-23 12:28

    ITS ALWAYS THE GRASS THA SURFFERS

  • Bernard - 2012-02-23 12:30

    So now the poor Rate Paying Business`s will have to suffer, even though they might be meeting their financial obligations iro electricity whilst the local municipal management keep squandering the cash on luxuarious salaries, cars, residences & of course the ravenous eating. The gravey train never stops.

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-02-23 12:39

    Incompetent. Still nothing will be done to them. Where is the example?

  • Bernusvdw - 2012-02-23 12:39

    En Eskom se tariewe gaan alweer op. Het met my eie twee oge gesien hoe 4 Eskom werkers in twee bakkies sit en koerant lees (Die Son nogal), terwyl hulle 3 kontrakwerkers oppas wat boomtakke naby die Eskomlyne moet afsaag. Energie-effektief sê ek jou.

  • Dominic - 2012-02-23 12:52

    its time for the members of public in those two towns, the ones that have paid there bills to the municipality to band together and lay criminal charges against municipality staff that recieve those payments and dont pay over to eskom, its called theft or at least miss use of funds. someone has to be held accountable.

  • Dewald - 2012-02-23 13:19

    “It was not only Eskom that wasn’t paid, but many other suppliers to the council. It doesn’t look like government is serious about helping the struggling municipality,” said DA councillor Rosier de Ville. Uhh... The municipality is more or less the government, just the local one? The STRUGGLE continues....

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-23 13:29

    The up side is the loss of electricity through non payment by the municipality is a breach of duty to act in good faith and allows for the municipalities to be sued for damages as well as the costs involved in securing alternative services. The ANC not only opens itself to legal action from Eskom but also from all paid up members of the community. We may not be able to vote the ANC out of power, but we can sure bankrupt them out of power.

      Nigel - 2012-02-23 14:41

      if we try hard enough, we could make a big dent in their election results, I see the ANC losing up to 10 % of their vote at the next national election. Black people should stop voting for these corrupt incompetent people & they will reap the benefits.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-23 15:21

    Where does that leave the people who have been paying their electricity to the municipality?? The municipality took the money, and they are responsible for paying it over to Eskom!

  • Marscha - 2012-02-23 18:07

    Current Mayor useless nobody that cant even read properly, previous 1 was a petrol attendant in morgenzon and suddenly she became mayor of standerton. They are all puppets!!!!!!!!!! get rid of the useless parasites

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