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
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
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
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.