Residents of Klerksdorp choked in their morning coffee reading Klerksdorp Record this morning. Eskom published a notice of their decision to interrupt bulk electricity supply to Matlosana Local Municipality from 5 December.
People reacted with shock and outrage on several social media platforms. According to the notice, interruption will start on 5 December and will be organised on a weekly basis. The first week (5-11 December) power will be turned off for short periods but from the third week (19 December onwards) power will be switched off from 06:00-20:00.
The notice also reads that Eskom may, upon 15 calendar days’ notice, disconnect electricity entirely and indefinitely to the area.
The public notice was published and paid for by Eskom to notify the public of their intention to cut electricity supply to the public due to escalating municipal debt. “Unfortunately, conditions set by Eskom have not been met by the municipality and Eskom has taken a decision to continue with the previously communicated interruptions,’’ the statement reads.
Ntswaki Makgetha, municipal spokesperson, said they are preparing a statement about the notice.