Tshwane schools' power on again after province promises to pay

2014-11-09 22:14
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Johannesburg - Power has been restored in schools that were disconnected because of unpaid electricity bills, the city of Tshwane said on Sunday.

"I have instructed that all the disconnected schools be reconnected by 15:00 today [Sunday]," city manger Jason Ngobeni said in a statement.

The decision was made after the provincial education department made a commitment to pay the outstanding debt by next Friday.

"I trust their word that the payment will be made," said Ngobeni.

The department had committed to pay the R10m arrears for the affected Section 21 schools, department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said in a statement last week.

Section 21 schools are responsible for ordering their own stationery, textbooks, and undertaking its own maintenance.

Ngobeni said the electricity supply of 38 schools in Tshwane were disconnected last week as a result of the arrears. A total of 140 schools were in arrears.

"Disconnecting schools was the most difficult and painful decision we had to take bearing in mind that the schools are busy with the exams, but we had to bite the bullet and disconnect all the entities that owed us," he said.

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