An amount of R1.2bn is owed by the municipality and already Eskom has issued a notice for residents to prepare themselves for the schedules.


Homes in the eMalahleni municipality will go off… starting from 14 December 2017 after an agreement could not be reached as to when the municipality will pay what is due to Eskom.

Eskom said power interruptions will be rolled out starting from this day and residents and business will have to adhere to the schedules of the cuts.

A majority of Mpumalanga municipalities owe hundreds of millions of rands to Eskom – currently amounting to R12bn.

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The state utility’s Khulu Phasiwe said they decided to go ahead after failure by the municipal council to meet Eskom half-way to avoid going without electricity.

“Until they come forward we will continue with the interruptions,” he said.

“We are switching off power for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon until they come forward and agree to the terms of payment,” Phasiwe said.

(edited by ZK)

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