Today Eskom will commence the interruption of supply to the eMalahleni and Msukaligwa municipalities in the Mpumalanga Province.

According to the utility, this was communicated in a final decision notice distributed through different media platforms last week.

The parastatal said in a statement that this will affect the Doornpoort, Churchill, Kwa Guqa, Witbank and Emerlo areas.

Power interruption on hold for Northern Cape

Meanwhile, as communicated yesterday, Eskom will not be implementing bulk power supply interruptions to the Northern Cape municipalities of Ubuntu and Renosterberg, which were scheduled to take place yesterday.

This is after both municipalities came up with acceptable payment plans for the settlement of their arrears debt.

Ongoing problem

The interruption of supply as a result of non-payment remains an agonising decision for Eskom and is a means of last resort.

“We take solace in the fact that we spared no effort to collect outstanding debts amicably,” the power utility said.

In spite of the fact that both the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and supply agreements (with the municipalities) empower Eskom to disconnect electricity completely, Eskom has opted for a softer approach of interrupting electricity during certain hours in the day.

To avoid supply interruptions, defaulting municipalities need to meet the following three requirements:

  • &#8226 A cash payment as negotiated with each municipality
  • &#8226 A written undertaking in the form of a Council Resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward
  • &#8226 A payment plan for the arrears supported by a Council Resolution

Should the municipalities meet these requirements; their supply interruptions will be suspended.

Interested parties, media included, may direct their queries to the defaulting municipalities as we are not at liberty to discuss customer accounts with third parties further than the issued final decision.

Source: ESI Africa

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