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ESKOM TO WITHHOLD PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY SERVICES TO LETSEMENG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY DUE TO NON-PAYMENT
MONDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2020: On 31 January 2020 Eskom served a notice to Letsemeng Local Municipality informing the Municipality of its intention to withhold the provision of electricity supply services to the Municipality.  This was as a result of the Municipality’s contravention of the payment conditions with Eskom.
 
Despite numerous demands the Municipality has failed to honour payment of its electricity accounts to Eskom.
 
Eskom recognises that indefinitely withholding 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 and in order to minimise any hardship to consumers and members of the community, Eskom will withhold its electricity supply services in a regulated pattern as opposed to an outright disconnection.  This will allow members of the community and consumers the opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the scheduled periods.
 
As a result of the Municipality’s non-payment, Koffiefontein, Luckhoff and Petrusburg will experience daily scheduled electricity outages at the following times:
 
20 February 2020 until breach is remedied
 
Monday to Sunday
06h00 – 20h00
 
Notwithstanding the above proposed indicative times for the withholding of electricity supply services, Eskom may, upon seven calendar days’ notice, serve the notice to terminate electricity supply services entirely and indefinitely should the Municipality’s debt situation not improve.
Eskom advises all parties who are likely to be materially and adversely affected by the withholding of electricity supply services to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety of lives and to limit damages to their equipment, operations and business.
 
Eskom generates and supplies electricity to the Municipality at a cost and has a statutory obligation to perform these duties on a financially sustainable basis. Equal to Eskom’s obligation, the Municipality has a reciprocal duty to pay Eskom for the electricity supplied to it.  In terms of both the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and the Electricity Supply Agreement between Eskom and the Municipality, Eskom is entitled to withhold electricity supply services to the Municipality on account of non-payment of the electricity debt.
 
For more information and updates, contact the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600 37566. 
 
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