Eskom debts…eMalahleni to go off during festive

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.

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Eskom suspends power-cuts, to resume on 3 March if no pay

ESKOM says this is just temporary suspension of power-cuts in order to allow the municipality time to make means to pay up.

The power utility has suspended electricity disruptions in eMalahleni and will begin again on 3 March 2017 if the municipality doesn’t pay.

This suspension of power-cuts also applies to Msukaligwa municipality.

The two Mpumalanga municipalities are among the 34 municipalities across the country owing over R10bn to the State Owned Entity, which has risen from R6bn in past few years.

eMalahleni alone owes over R1bn while the Msukaligwa local municipality in Ermelo owes R145m which rose from R139m in just over a year – and this resulted in power-cuts.

“Eskom feels the pain inflicted to the members of the public and the unintended consequences of the disruption,” the power utility said in a statement on Wednesday this week.

“We have decided to suspend the supply interruptions with immediate effect until 3 March 2017,” it said.

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“This gesture from Eskom will allow the defaulting municipalities some time to remedy the breach and also bring some normality to the affected communities.

“Should the municipalities fail to remedy the breach,” the power utility warns, “the interruptions will resume from 4 March 2017 and Eskom reserves the rights to continue with the interruptions following adequate notice to the communities”.

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eMalahleni: residents to have electricity for 3 hours


A rolled out power cut due to owed money to Eskom will see ordinary people suffering more, having to remain in the dark for longer.

The power utility announced eMalahleni residents will only have lights three hours of electricity each day.

The following power cut schedules will affect residents, businesses, clinics and other public service areas when it begins on 3 March 2017:

– From Monday to Friday there will not be electricity between 6 and 9 in the morning and again from 4pm to 7.30pm.

– On weekends, when most people are at home, they will stay without power from 8.30am to 12 mid-day and from 3pm in the evening and 6:30pm.

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The eMalahleni municipality is one of the 34 municipalities across the country that owes money to Eskom, which is at R1bn.

Municipal Manager Theo Van Vuuren on Wednesday afternoon posted the following  message on his Facebook Page:

“I have requested the relevant department to provide more information regarding the notice that is currently being circulated regarding the extended electricity bulk interruptions from Eskom. As soon as we know we will post an update” Van Vuuren said.

The troubled municipality has struggled to wage a serious revenue collection campaign in recent weeks, to recoup money owed to it by its customers in order to avert the looming crisis. It has not been able to service its debt to Eskom which has subsequently ballooned to R1 billion in the past three years.

Last month the town put out to tender the sale of a piece of land in order to try and meet Eskom’s demand of a minimum of R227m cash payment and the submission of a substantial plan to service the debt which should be backed by a council resolution.

SEE ALSO: eMalahleni: We will sell land to pay Eskom debt

Over the weekend Eskom Group Executive for customer services Ayanda Noah said, “The interruption of supply as a result of non-payment remains an agonising decision for Eskom and is a means of last resort. We hope the municipalities will come up with a sustainable payment plan and thus avert further interruptions for its citizens.

“In spite of the fact that both the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and supply agreements (with the municipalities) empower Eskom to disconnect electricity completely, Eskom has opted for a softer approach of interrupting electricity during certain hours in the day,” she said.

Meanwhile the power interruptions have also affected the pumping of water from certain reservoirs to some parts of the city of about four hundred thousand people.

Residents have been feeling the pinch as some parts have been without water for more than 24 hours at a time.

Residents of Kwa-Guqa have in the meantime called for an “urgent community meeting” that will be held to discuss “issues affecting the community of eMalahleni at large,” the message circulated through WhatsApp read.

The meeting will be held at Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Lynnville at 5.30pm today (22 Feb).

(edited by ZK)

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