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Eskom’s scheduled bulk supply interruptions to Masilonyana to proceed
TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2018: Masilonyana Local Municipality’s failure to honour its payment agreement has left Eskom with no other option than to interrupt bulk supply to the Municipality.  As published in notices on 8 February 2018 and 14 February 2018, the interruption will commence tomorrow, 28 February 2018 and continue indefinitely.
Masilonyana Local Municipality is currently indebted to Eskom in the amount of R48 521 535.27 for the bulk supply of electricity, part of which has been outstanding and in escalation since July 2016. 
“Bulk supply interruptions are always a measure of last resort once all other options, including intensive negotiations with multiple parties, have been exhausted,” says Bibi Bedir, Senior Manager Customer Service, Free State.  “We empathise with the communities who are affected as a result of the Municipality’s non-payment and urge them to make all necessary arrangements to protect their personal and business interests.  Essential services in particular need to ensure that they have efficient contingency plans in place to prevent serious injury or loss of life that might occur as a result of the supply interruption.  Regrettably, municipalities that do not honour their payment obligations towards Eskom impact severely on Eskom’s ability to continue the national supply of electricity on a financial basis and place the whole economy in jeopardy.”
Although Eskom is legally allowed to disconnect the bulk supply to the Municipality in total, the utility is weary of the fact that it may cause undue hardship to consumers and members of the community.  Hence Eskom has opted for a regulated interruption of electricity supply as opposed to an outright disconnection.
Consumers in Brandfort, Theunissen, Winburg and Verkeerdevlei will be affected by the planned supply interruptions. 
Temporary scheduled disconnection will be effected at the following times:
Week 1 (28 February 2018 – 6 March 2018)
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 08:00
08:30 – 11:00
17:00 – 19:30
15:00 – 17:30
Week 2 (7 March 2018 – 13 March 2018)
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 09:00
08:30 – 12:00
17:00 – 20:30
15:00 – 19:00
Week 3 ( 14 March 2018 until agreement is reached)
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 20:00
06:00 – 20:00
Notwithstanding the above proposed indicative times for the interruption of electricity supply, Eskom may, upon 15 calendar days’ notice, serve the right to disconnect electricity entirely and indefinitely should the electricity debt situation not improve.
For more information and updates, customers can contact the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600 ESKOM (08600 37566).