Municipalities who owe Eskom could soon be sitting in the dark

Last week, the lights of a sixth defaulter, Mpofana Local Municipality, went out for a few hours because of arrears.

Monde Baka, Eskom’s group executive for distribution, said the power utility was entitled to disconnect the electricity supply of defaulting municipalities.

“Eskom is under a statutory obligation to generate and supply electricity to the municipalities nationally on a financial sustainable basis,” said Baka. “In order to protect the national interest in the sustainability of electricity supply, it becomes necessary for Eskom to exercise its right to disconnect the supply of electricity to the municipality when other means of collecting debt prove ineffective.”...

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