Power cuts enforced

2018-09-19 06:00

Eskom announced on Friday (14/09) that power interruptions will be reinstated in the Dihlabeng Local Municipality in October.

In a statement Eskom said This is after the authority of the cash-strapped municipality renegade on the terms of repayment of its escalating debt to the energy supplier.

The municipality’s debt to Eskom is reportedly R192 972 097,83 due to authority’s dismal failure to pay up.

Eskom issued a statement announcing that interruptions would commence on 9 October and not on 3 of the month in question as previously stated. Power interruptions to this municipality were suspended in June after payment was made.

This will affect the residents of Bethlehem, Fateng-Tse-Ntsho, Paul Roux, Rosendal and Fouriesburg.

The Dihlabeng Local Municipality is only one of the nine municipalities in the Free State with huge debts to the power supplier.

The municipality is part of the nine in the province classified as dysfunctional, and is among the 87 municipalities nationally placed under ministerial intervention by the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize.

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