Matlosana faces electricity crisis

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Eskom has issued another notice to interrupt electricity supply to the Matlosana Municipality starting 12 November.

Eskom’s Khaya Mnyandu said the City of Matlosana failed to provide an undertaking to pay the minimum required outstanding amount as negotiated between the parties earlier and it has further failed to commit to a payment arrangement for the arrear debt.

“Eskom encourages the community of Matlosana Municipality and the affected parties to engage with the municipality to meet its constitutional, statutory and contractual obligations and make good on the repayment of the electricity debt.

Accordingly, Eskom urges the affected communities to consider availing themselves of whatever lawful remedies they may have against the municipality, including compelling it to comply with its legal obligations to pay for the bulk electricity it receives as required by law.

“In some provinces, ratepayers have successfully obtained structural interdicts (supervisory orders) which include compelling the municipalities to file regular reports to courts setting out compliance with such court orders,” Mnyandu added.

Eskom said areas like Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein, Jouberton, Hartebeesfontein and nearby areas shall be affected by the interruption as per schedule during the hours, until a sustainable agreement has been reached and the payment of the overdue current account has been settled by the municipality.

During week 1 from 12 to 18 November, weekdays will be from 06:00 to 08:00 in the morning and 17:00 to 19:30 in the afternoon and its Saturday and Sunday will be from 08:30 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 17:00 afternoon.

During week 2 from 19 to 25 November, weekdays will be from 06:00 to 09:00 in the morning and 17:00 to 20:30 in the afternoon and its Saturday and Sunday will be from 08:30 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 19:00 afternoon.

During week 3 from 26 November to an unspecified date, weekdays will be from 06:00 to 10:00 in the morning and its Saturday and Sunday will be from 06:00 to 10:00.

A follow-up article will appear in this week’s Klerksdorp Record.

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