The power supply for embattled Newcastle Municipality will stay on for now.
This after a Pietermartizburg High Court judge ordered that a payment plan should begin soon.
Eskom threatened to turn off Newcastle's power supply on Sunday due to the R200m debt it had accumulated over two years.
The municipality has been instructed to begin paying Eskom R30m on a monthly basis starting this month.
Delivering his decision, Judge Piet Bezuidenhout said the small town relied on the municipality to power households and businesses.
"If the electricity supply is disconnected or disrupted at crucial hours, it would have a catastrophic effect not only on all the residents and business, but on the whole economy of the town."
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