Eskom wants to pull the plug on city’s R500m debt

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp – Eskom is threatening to interrupt electricity supply to the City of Matlosana due to a huge outstanding debt. According to a notice in last week’s Klerksdorp Record (26 June 2020) the Matlosana Municipality is currently indebted to Eskom to the amount of R537 901 942,08 for the bulk supply of electricity. Part of this account has been outstanding since August 2018.

“The municipality is in breach of its payment obligation to Eskom… it has become necessary for Eskom to exercise its right to disconnect the supply of electricity to the local municipality,’’ the notice reads in part.

Eskom plans to start disconnecting power on 14 August for a few hours at a time. If no agreement has been reached on the debt repayment, the towns of Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein, Hartbeesfontein and Jouberton will be left with no electricity between 06:00 and 20:00 every day from 28 August onwards.

Eskom is inviting affected parties to submit written presentations and submissions as to why Eskom should not proceed with this planned interruption of the electricity supply to the municipality.

Closing date for these submissions is on 27 July.

The final decision will be published in a notice in the newspaper on 6 August.

Klerksdorp Record asked the municipality for comment early this morning and will publish it as soon as it is received.