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Eskom will not be interrupting power to Northern Cape municipalities
Wednesday, 15 February 2017: Eskom will not be implementing bulk power supply interruptions to the Northern Cape municipalities of Ubuntu and Renosterberg that were scheduled to take place today.
The Renosterberg municipality has come up with an acceptable payment plan for the settlement of their arrears debt, while the Ubuntu municipality has made a payment proposal which is currently being evaluated by Eskom. A final decision on the proposal will be made by 12:00 today.
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.
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.
We will be monitoring the strict adherence to the payment plans and the payment of current accounts of these and other municipalities and any defaults will result in the interruption of supply without further notice.
Municipal customers are encouraged to engage with their supply authorities to get updated information on their municipalities’ arrears situation.