Msunduzi to go after debtors to raise R170 mln for substation fixes

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Contractors working at the Retief primary station yesterday where a fault left parts of the Pietermaritzburg without electricity for several days.
Contractors working at the Retief primary station yesterday where a fault left parts of the Pietermaritzburg without electricity for several days.
Moeketsi Mamane

Msunduzi plans to go after defaulting debtors to raise the R170 million needed to upgrade its electricity infrastructure in the city’s critical substations.

This is to prevent further blackouts, protect the lives of City employees as well as ensure that the municipality is compliant with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), as Msunduzi’s licence is currently threatened.

The senior manager of electricity, Ngangenkosi Mpisi, said in an report compiled for the executive committee the municipality has six primary substations with the same risk of catastrophic failure, but priority will be given to the Eastwood, Masons and Retief substations.

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