The Phumelela Local Municipality faces power supply interruptions due to failure to pay Eskom. According to the electricity supplier, the municipality owes an amount of R119 203 538,09. Eskom stated in a press release that the authorities of this municipality have until Wednesday (24/10) to pay up, or face interruption. Stefanie Jansen van Rensburg, Eskom provincial spokesperson, said a final decision notice on the scheduled interruption of bulk electricity supply was due to be placed on 10 October. “Eskom has, however, not reached a final decision, as it is still reviewing all payment options,” said Jansen van Rensburg. “The placement of the final decision notice is therefore delayed until 24 October.” In August, Eskom announced its intention of interrupting the bulk supply of electricity to non-paying municipalities in the Free State. In addition, said Jansen van Rensburg, stakeholders and affected parties were invited to make submissions as to why Eskom should, or should not, proceed with the planned interruption on 24 October. “Should Eskom decide to proceed with the interruption of electricity to the Phumelela Local Municipality, such interruption will commence on 7 November, and this will affect Warden and Ezenzeleni. “Supply interruptions are implemented as a last resort if all other debt recovery methods fail to produce satisfactory results,” said Jansen van Rensburg.