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Interruption of bulk electricity supply to Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality
Eskom hereby notifies all parties who are likely to be materially and adversely affected by its intention to interrupt bulk supply to Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality on 3 April 2018 and continuing indefinitely.
 
Enoch Local Municipality (Queenstown Town) is currently indebted to Eskom in the amount of R44 404 619.66 (Forty Four Million Four Hundred and Four Thousand Six Hundred and Nineteen Rand and Sixty Six Cents only) for the bulk supply of electricity, part of which has been outstanding and in escalation from 19 February 2018. (“ the electricity debt” ).
 
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd (“Eskom”) is under a statutory obligation to generate and supply electricity to the municipalities nationally on a financial sustainable basis.
 
Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality’s breach of its payment obligation to Eskom undermines and places in jeopardy Eskom’s ability to continue the national supply of electricity on a financial sustainable basis.
 
In terms of both the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and supply agreement with Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Eskom is entitled to interrupt the supply of electricity of defaulting municipalities of which Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality is, on account of non-payment of electricity debt.
 
In order to protect the national interest in the sustainability of electricity supply, it has become necessary for Eskom to exercise its right to disconnect the supply of electricity to Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality.
 
Eskom recognizes that the indefinite interruption of electricity supply may cause undue hardship to consumers and members of the community, and may adversely affect the delivery of other services.
 
In view of this, Eskom is contemplating a regulated interruption of electricity supply as opposed to an outright disconnection. The contemplated regulated interruption will allow members of the community and consumers the opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the scheduled periods of interruption.
 
The contemplated interruption of electricity supply will result in temporary scheduled interruption at the following times:
 
Week 1
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
06h00 - 09h00
08h30 - 12h00
17h00 - 20h30
15h00 - 19h00
 
Week 2 onwards
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
06h00 - 20h00
06h00 - 20h00
It is to be noted that the times will change to 14hr supply interruptions until full payment is received or agreement is reached.
 
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.
 
 
Eskom hereby invites all affected parties to submit written representations, comments and/or submissions indicating why Eskom should or should not proceed with the contemplated interruption and/or disconnection, as the case may be.
 
The following towns/municipal areas shall be affected by the contemplated interruption and/or disconnection, except those directly supplied by Eskom.
 
ENOCH MGIJIMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY/CUSTOMER AFFECTED TOWN/POINT OF SUPPLY
Queenstown Town
 
Public representations, submissions, comments and/or requests for further information should be submitted to:
 
Zuhdi Hamza
Senior Manager Customer Service Operations - Eastern Cape
 
Physical address: Eskom Sunilaws Office Park, Corner Bonza Bay Road and Quenera Drive Beacon Bay, 5205
 
 
Postal address: Private Bag X1 Beacon Bay 5205
 
 
Fax: 086 536 6250
 
The closing date for public representations, submissions, comments and/or requests for further information will be end of business 23 March 2018.
 
Please take note that comments received after the closing date will not be considered.
 
Such public representations, submissions, comments and/or requests for further information will be considered by Eskom, and the final decision will be published in a notice on 30 March 2018.
 
Reference Number: March 2018
 
Issued in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, (Act 3 of 2000).