Eskom not to cut off Msunduzi

2010-07-14 00:00

MSUNDUZI administrator Johann Mettler has quashed rumours that the Msunduzi Municipality is in danger of having its electricity supply cut off.

This after The Witness was informed that Eskom had been considering suspending the municipality’s electricity supply due to non-payment, and that three Eskom representatives were sent to the municipality yesterday to discuss the matter.

However, Mettler said: “There are no threats to disconnect our electricity from the side of Eskom. We are fully paid up and do not owe a cent. Our next payment to Eskom is due on Thursday [tomorrow].”

He said yesterday’s meeting with Eskom was held to discuss, among other things, Eskom’s winter charges as well as the preparation of a proper ser­vice delivery agreement between the parastatal and the municipality regarding service provision regulation in areas where Eskom supplies consumers directly.

“The municipality has every intention of honouring its obligations to its bulk providers,” said Mettler.

The rumours concerning the municipality followed a statement by Eskom last week that several Free State municipalities could have their electricity ser­vices disconnected by Eskom on July 20 if they fail to settle their outstanding accounts.

An attempt to obtain a response from Eskom regarding the meeting with Mettler yesterday was not successful by the time of going to print.

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