Power stays on in Eastern Cape towns
BloemfonteinThe power supply to two Eastern Cape towns will stay connected after the High Court in Grahamstown changed an agreement with Eskom into a court order on Thursday.
Civil rights group AfriForum helped the residents of Steynsburg and Burgersdorp with an application to stop Eskom from cutting electricity supply to the towns in the Gariep local municipality.
AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said an undertaking by Eskom not to proceed with the switch-off was made an order of the court.
Spies said the order also forced the Gariep municipality to adhere to the agreement with Eskom for the payment of electricity arrears of R5m.
The parastatal notified residents this week that their power was going to be cut because their municipality neglected to fulfil its obligations.
Spies said the order could be seen as a victory for the citizens of Steynsburg and Burgersdorp.
The court would hear arguments on the costs of the application on April 19.