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FS municipalities owe Eskom R842m, face blackouts

Feb 04 2016 13:17
Jeanette Chabalala, News24

Bloemfontein – If Free State municipalities do not settle their debt or make sustainable payment arrangements with Eskom, they will soon face blackouts, the power utility has warned.  

About eight municipalities in the Free State owe Eskom almost R842m. 

Eskom has already served notices to the municipalities and said it would exercise its right to disconnect the supply of electricity by March 30.  

The municipalities in debt include: Nketoana, Masilonyana, Tokologo, Manstopa, Ngwathe, Dihlabeng, Nala and Phumelela.  

Senior manager of customer services in the province, Bibi Bedir, told News24 that they expected the current debt to be settled in full and would negotiate payment arrangements for outstanding debts with municipalities individually.  

Meanwhile, DA MPL James Letuka said it was worrying that the province continues to find itself under threat of having electricity supply suspended to hundreds of people.  

"It is evident that the provincial government and Free State municipalities have been unsuccessful to adhere to payment plans, or to find an amicable solution with Eskom.

"The impact on people’s lives would be devastating and local economies would be dealt a deathblow, resulting in closures of small businesses and job losses the province can ill afford," he added.  

Last year, the power utility also served notices to municipalities in the province that owed almost R2bn.  

In April, Eskom sent out notices to towns, informing communities that it plans on implementing extra load shedding or cutting electricity supply from June 5 2015.

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