Klerksdorp faces power cut, owes R91m

2013-03-13 08:39

Johannesburg - Eskom plans to cut power to the Matlosana (Klerksdorp) municipality in North West unless an overdue payment of R91m is made, it was reported on Wednesday.

Cutting off the power on Thursday would be a last resort, Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe told Beeld.

She said the municipality had been R91m in arrears for more than three months and said no agreement had yet been reached with the Matlosana municipality to avoid the cut.

According to Joffe, the total outstanding municipal debt, all of which was more than 30 days in arrears, owed to Eskom at the end of February amounted to R1.3bn.


  • AntikZa - 2013-03-13 08:46

    And yet no action against Soweto for owing R2.2bn

      QuestionSam - 2013-03-13 09:05

      I mean Eskom wants to throw their mid-year R30mil party, so they need the cash.. !! This is ludicrous...Again a typical example of SA's leaders and how they "do business"...NOT!

      criticallyhonest - 2013-03-13 09:12

      If you are in an environment that doesn't require you to contribute yet you still get stuff....why should you bother to work for your future. Add to that the public examples set by people with little more than connections becoming wealthy and powerful.... and you have a society in free-fall, no parachute and no reserve....anyone care to predict what is going to happen next?

      Heathway Masters - 2013-03-13 09:26

      If the lights go off, it will be those who have not paid a cent in tax or municipal fees who will be the first to riot, toy toy, burn down the Municipality, schools and clinics, destroy, trash the city, murder if required, so that their free electricity supply can be turned back on. The poor municipal rate payer, whose regular payments can no longer cover the ever increasing nonpayers, will quietly sit in the dark. But do not fear, the Klerksdorp Municipality does have a great solution. Double or triple rates of those who do pay. This should bring in extra revenue to bring them back into the black (Not a racial term – but a financial one) Not a very fair and totally discriminatory system, if you want my opinion.

      heini.botes - 2013-03-13 09:32

      And I'm sorry to say this, but in the US Presidential election Obama/Romney, Romney took a massive blow for that video that leaked at the gala where he said 47% of people in America don't believe in working, contributing or to better themselves, they are basically a burden to the country. Sad thing is he was ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON!!!! If you can't contribute to you country, society and for yourself, do the world a favour and get lost!!

      Craig Bennetts - 2013-03-14 18:38

      As an ex councillor in Ekurhuleni,I had the same problem with Vosloorus and Daveyton-fair???

  • Andre - 2013-03-13 08:53

    This is the price ordinary tax payers have to pay for BEE, BEE nepotism, BEE incompetencies, BEE corruption, BEE intellegance, BEE "whats-in-for-me" mentallities enforced onto tax payers by a rotten bunch of criminals in Government. Finish en klaar!

      Don Tandy - 2013-03-13 08:58

      Bogus Enrichment Exercise ??

      Jacques Shreky Stander - 2013-03-13 09:00

      Well said !!

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-03-13 09:09

      U might as well add AA

      Craig Bennetts - 2013-03-14 18:40

      True...where is the racial equality in a society where the minority are forced to pay for the majority-GATVOL

  • Eterni80 - 2013-03-13 08:54

    welcome to an SA governed by a government that has no experience at governing.

      Croix Mactee - 2013-03-13 18:07

      Remember - they will NEVER have experience at governing! They are ever busy with looting, 'ruling', developing nepotism and corrupt tendencies, etc. What the ANC is busy doing, can NEVER be called 'governing'!

      pws69 - 2013-03-13 18:44

      It has been nearly 20 years. I could have taught a mentally retarded blind and deaf dog to govern better than the current cretins in that time.

  • Maria Ellis - 2013-03-13 08:54

    Is this the amount owed by users or did the users pay and the municipality just took the money without paying Eskom? Now I'm wondering ....... What happened to the money????

      Karen Holleran - 2013-03-13 09:06

      I am one of those users, and yes we paid.

      Johannes Metspoeg - 2013-03-13 09:35

      The people pay and the municipality phat cats shove as much as they can in their pockets, while doing nothing all day long. The same is happening to Matjhabeng municipality in Welkom. Most municipalities are heading in this direction.

      perter.damingo - 2013-03-13 09:46

      I stay in klerksdorp and have no outstanding debt on any of my minicipal accounts. So I suspect the money was not paid over But what has not been reported here is that new water meters were installed in certain areas and the billing is still not corect along with the meter readers (contractors) supplying false readings to the billing dept as well

      heini.botes - 2013-03-13 09:46

      @Johannes...Spot on! Only 22% of the countries muncipalities received clean audits, of which 2/3 rd's are most probably in the Western Cape. Problem is people suffer year in year out but come election time it's vote ANC again. I boggles my mind! Sure there are a lot of peeps who are uneducated but everybody posseses common sense. If one can't see the country is in a massive downward spiral then I'm afraid there's no hope. Let's see come 2014 how much the people really suffer...

      Johannes Metspoeg - 2013-03-13 09:59

      Heini - You must remember that the ANC policy with the masses is to keep them dumb, and keep them angry. Just like love, anger is also blind... And do you really think they are stuffing up the education system like they are by accident? No ways, this is planned! It is in fact becomming easier for the ANC to get voted back into power come election time. Here is something you may find interesting Heini :)

  • Johnny Engelbrecht - 2013-03-13 08:55

    Eskom I dare you do it!! cut the power but you wont, and while you busy what about the rest, yes Soweto as well. Then I will not be so the moer in for me paying R1.44 per unit.

      heinrich.rall - 2013-03-13 09:22

      Yes Johnny, let them cut off my power. I've never been late on any of my payments to Matlosana, but yes cut my power. Why should I and others paying customers suffer for it? Hell I am on prepaid, so I have units loaded that I wont be able to use. So yes thank you Johnny, tell eskom to cut our power, instead of focussing on the issue. Where is the money? Is it with non payments, or is it mismanaged?

      Johannes Metspoeg - 2013-03-13 09:41

      Guys please... This is not Eskoms fault. What would you do if you ran a business and kept supplying someone but they just blantently do not pay you?? This is the fault of the Municipality! They have a buch of incompetent std. 5 wana be gangsters running the show, whom have no idea of how to do so. I however wouldn't pannic too much just yet. Gov will use our tax money to bail these guys out. Until the tax money runs out.. Then there is time for pannic.. On another side not. Next time the papers are all screaming at Eskom for raising the price of electricity, take a look at what your local municipalty raises the prices buy first! I promise you will be shocked!

      heini.botes - 2013-03-13 09:48

      @Johannes...Std 5 wanna-bee gangsters....hehehehehehe, Hit the nail right on the head

      judy.knoetze - 2013-03-13 11:06

      We were all scattering around in Klerksdorp this morning to buy generators. Midas and Game are making a killing. We have to make a plan, because apparently despite the fact that most of the users are paying their utility bills, the money never reaches Eskom.

      Craig Bennetts - 2013-03-14 18:43


  • Don Tandy - 2013-03-13 08:59

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • anesh.ashokumar.7 - 2013-03-13 09:17

    If eskom gets all its money owed by big enterprises we should get decrease in tariffs come on eskom start the black out on those who owe let's put it rite then it will be better overview off who's causing the problem

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-13 09:36

      Apperntly the money is "gone". Massive amounts of millions "dissapeared" the last few months.

      Croix Mactee - 2013-03-13 18:21

      A plan A plan: ARREST ALL MUNICIPAL workers, start asset forfeitures and we'll see the non-guilty officials come forward with the truth en masse! Then go to the international court in The Hague to force banks overseas to declare all deposits by SA citizens. (I CAN dream, can't I?)

  • Danie - 2013-03-13 09:17

    All the RDP houses connected to a grid with no power. VIVA vote ANC get your power cut VIVA ANC VIVA

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2013-03-13 09:19

    Eish dont worry I got da candles ....... another sucessfully run circus where the clowns have the last laugh and all drive a Mercedes Benz ... !!!

  • lois.lloyd.1238 - 2013-03-13 09:20

    The beginning of the end methinks!

  • Denzil Robert Bricknell - 2013-03-13 09:23

    Anywhere else in the world this would be treated as "fraud or theft" because the residents of Krugersdorp have paid their money in good faith for services rendered by a third party which in this case is Eskom and the municipality has accepted the money and not paid Eskom....where has the money gone !! :)

      perter.damingo - 2013-03-13 10:48

      There seems to be no problem in Krugersdorp as far as I am aware This article refers to Klerksdorp two differnt towns two different provinces

  • Emmanuel Roodt - 2013-03-13 09:29

    I'll say it again. Only tax payers and so-on(sickness, pension, dissability...) should be allowed to vote!come line up with your tax statement to be registered to vote in the next election. NO PAY NO SAY!! should be the slogan.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-13 09:43

      What if you are a housewife or volunter for charity?

      Sarel Pretorius - 2013-03-13 09:49

      Everyone pays tax, VAT is a good example

  • werner.luitingh - 2013-03-13 09:29

    eskom develop a backbone, cut the power (my apologies for those effected) so that the morons can see the virtue of voting for the ANC.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-13 09:45

      Moron: a person with mild mental retardation. ANC voters are morons? Really?

      Revelgen - 2013-03-13 10:12

      ANC voters having 'mild mental retardation.' No-o-o, can't be right. It's much worse than that, thinking that this free picnic with someone else paying can go on forever.

  • Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-13 09:36

    Should defaulting municipalities be allowed to keep on distributing electricity? The best solution is to privatise the sale and distribution of electricity, and no, I dont mean BEE. Government has proven over and over again that they cannot run any business at all. Imagine the chaos if Sasol had remained in gvt hands?

      heini.botes - 2013-03-13 09:48


  • Charl Cilliers - 2013-03-13 09:41

    I live in Klerksdorp - If i am late by a day in paying my electricity i get disconnected, Yet there are people with outstanding electricity bills running into tens of thousands of rands, who only pay R 150 per month and they keep their electricity on. Only the paying people will suffer. I can just imagine the rape and pillaging that will take place when the electricity is cut.

      judy.knoetze - 2013-03-13 11:09

      That is unfortunately what is going to happen, Charl. People are going to take to the streets and break the place down. And we will all suffer the consequences. And by the way, most of the generators in town are sold out.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-13 12:14

      Charl Klerksdorp cuts is usually on the 16th of the month, but yes, I get your point and agree. Seeing that you stay in KLD you must go and ask them where the monies is that "dissapeared" the last few months. I hope you guys come right. As you said, IT IS NOT FAIR!!!!

  • marcus.vermaak - 2013-03-13 09:43

    For those in the effected area, this must really suck! Paid your bills, money stolen by cANCer. And now YOU must sit without power! I think I would loose my damn mind! So what's going to happen, let's take a guess: 1.) The money gets payed, over, the end. 2.) They cut the power and they sit without power until a judge rules them to turn it back on and the taxpayer forks the bill. (Again) 3.) They make a arrangement that costs the taxpayer more and more money. My money's on option number 3. Number 1 is there just for the lol's!

      Croix Mactee - 2013-03-13 18:41

      The worst part is: these crooked cadres get to keep their jobs and are NEVER investigated or prosecuted. Instead, they demand an immediate increase - or threaten to go on strike. EISH!!!

  • Greg Wochlik - 2013-03-13 09:45

    WTF is the council doing with the electricity money? Eish-com keeps on hiking the price of electricity at 40% per year? Where the hell is that going to?

  • perter.damingo - 2013-03-13 09:49

    I live in Klerksdorp and I agree let eskom cut the power and then supply the power direct to the user that way the user will get a cheaper rate and you know your account is paid directly to eskom and not a third party who mismanagers the money

  • jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-13 09:55

    Heard an ad on the radio yesterday, to report people stealing electricity. 2km away there are about 15 wires crossing the road with DIY poles. It on route between the Strand police station and Nozamu police station. No one does anything about it, because its in a informal settlement. So I can understand that the municipality does not want to pay, because their meters show different figures than Eskom. Eskom does not care as long as someone pays for it. If you have 100 meters listed, and the power consumption shows usage for 500 meters, then surely you will dispute the bill.

      Mnyama White - 2013-03-13 11:29

      Yes - and the electricity-anti-theft advertising campaign on the radio portrays the thief as a business owner (who also has a farm, of course)...

  • Alan de los Santos - 2013-03-13 09:56

    You hear about the municipality’s audits that show bad management and even fraud throughout most of South Africa, but nothing is ever done about it. Now we have this turnout of money paid for electricity but not passed on to Eskom. Eskom should collect there own money and cut out the councils and reduce the price, as the councils will not be getting there cut. I have visions of municipality bosses walking out each night with bags full of money as if it belonged to them………..if not where is the money going????????

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-13 09:58

    What is the problem here,is it the municipality who received the money from the residents and decides not to pay Eskom since the migth have used that revenue for something else or people are just not paying for their electricity usage....And how many residents pay for their electricity and water usage in the johannesburg CBD going up to hillbrow and its surrounding arears,Soweto and its surrounding townships.....

  • denise.wilshire - 2013-03-13 09:59

    This is how it is done folks....Overcharge your cash cows in formal homes and then write off R2.7bn to those who do not pay. Obviously we are talking about the squatter camp residents who steal electricity. This is just what Ekurhuleni did in October 2012. They even went as far as stating that the debt which was older than 3 years would be expunged from those account holders records. Nice one. I regularly pay huge electricty bills for a 2 person home, in spite of having the bare essentials connected. I would like to know just what will happen to those in Klerksdorp who have never missed a payment. Will they also have no power. Government....local or otherwise is totally ill equipped and inexperienced in the running of the country.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-03-13 10:01

    I say privatize municipalities! Let the tenders be put out and award them to the most capable applicant.

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-13 10:43

      There will still be corruption, because who ever is left in charge, will still award tenders to their friends. Thats business policy.

  • gladness - 2013-03-13 10:03

    Cut the power. Teach the black run metro a lesson in management. Maybe all the money has been stolen.

  • Medunsa Nkhatho - 2013-03-13 10:06

    It is unfortunate that, we all are going to be given the same medicine even if our deseases/illness are not the same. This is really ridiculous.

  • kalabafazi - 2013-03-13 10:09

    R1 300 000 000.00. That's a lot of zero to come up with.

  • msophiasharp - 2013-03-13 10:34

    @CRITICALLYHONEST Your comments and words are so true and apt - typical of ANC government and society.......!!!!

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-13 11:11

    Just thinking aloud here.... A core element of this mess is that the municipalities are responsible for two obviously opposing scenarios, 1. Services to the people who pay 2. Development and support for people who cannot (or will not) pay. All arguments and complaints are getting lost in the tension between these two issues. So why not separate them, privatize the fee for service component and leave the social development work to the municipalities? The funding will come from the same tax base, but the governance and controls would be different.

  • ruaan.ferreira.9 - 2013-03-13 11:21

    why cant we just buy directly from eskom, instead we pay the municipality who takes the cash with a smile and doesn't pay Eskom. Will also be so much cheaper! I think

  • Janine Viseu - 2013-03-13 11:27

    How the heck does it get to this point????

      Craig Bennetts - 2013-03-14 18:46

      Because people let it!

  • Gillian Brewer Valentine - 2013-03-13 11:34

    South Africa going the same way as Zimbabwe - rapidly! God help all those ignorant enough to believe otherwise.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-13 11:40

    It's not only lights and stoves and fridges that uses electricity, what about the water pumps, petrol pumps and other things to run the infrastructure as a whole ?

  • cece235 - 2013-03-13 12:53

    how is inconviencing the residents of the matlosana municipality who have been paying their levies going to make the municipality to pay Eskom? Honestly these people should go after the corrupt officials to get their money.

  • Quartus van Zyl - 2013-03-13 12:56

    The money that is supposed to go to ESKOM is used for the nice things in life, like parties, trips abroad, swanky cars etc.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-13 13:18

    Now you know why we have to pay more.

  • pws69 - 2013-03-13 18:42

    Why use the RESIDENTS money to pay bills when there are Mercs and BMWs to buy, overseas trips for the entire extended family and friends to organise with this money, the obligatory ANC bash to pay for with this money? Be reasonable people, they did not "join the struggle to be poor" and certainly have no intention of working for their money when it is so easy to steal it.

  • Craig Bennetts - 2013-03-14 18:36

    Yet all the law abiding citizens pay their electricity and taxes and and

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