February 2017: Eskom will today commence the interruption of supply to the eMalahleni
and Msukaligwa municipalities in the Mpumalanga Province as communicated in a
final decision notice distributed through different media platforms last week.
This will affect the Doornpoort, Churchill, Kwa Guqa, Witbank and Ermelo areas.
Meanwhile, as communicated yesterday, Eskom will not be implementing bulk power supply interruptions to the
Northern Cape municipalities of Ubuntu and Renosterberg that were scheduled to
take place yesterday. This is after both municipalities came up with acceptable
payment plans for the settlement of their arrears debt.
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
To avoid supply interruptions, defaulting
municipalities need to meet the following three requirements:
A cash payment as negotiated with each municipality
A written undertaking in the form of a Council Resolution that current
accounts will be honoured going forward
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