eMalahleni municipality: ‘We will sell land to pay Eskom debt’

FILE IMAGE: Eskom could cut the power in the province's richest municipality if it can not service its R1bn debt. PICTURE BY Ecokids.ca

The eMalahleni local municipality in Mpumalanga has said that an advert calling on bidders to buy a piece of municipal land has already been placed and its closing date was 1 February.

“Four local buyers are showing interests,” spokesman Kingdom Mabuza told a local newspaper on Thursday this week.

“We are in the process of putting a significant alternative amount in place and in principle received agreement from Eskom to meet later this week to discuss our proposals.

“I am still convinced that we will find a solution but need to caution that the insufficient support by businesses, government and households to settle their arrears are making this process more difficult,” Mabuza said.

The eMalahleni municipality is owing close to a billion rand to Eskom in electricity debts.

Eskom sells electricity to local municipalities who in turn sell this to residents .

SEE ALSO: Mabuza plans to end Eskom municipal marriage.

The eMalahleni municipality has to pay atleast R600 million to avoid Eskom cutting off lights in Mpumalanga’s richest city.

(edited by ZK)

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