Eskom to cut off four Eastern Cape municipalities

DECEMBER 22, 2015

Four Eastern Cape local municipalities will have to endure a scheduled load shedding from Tuesday, due to outstanding fees.

According to radio station Algoa FM, the Maletswai, Gariep, Nxuba and Ikwezi municipalities owe Eskom a combined total of nearly R172-million.

Eastern Cape spokesperson for Eskom, Ntosh Mafumbata, has said that Aliwal North, Jansenville, Steynburg, Adelaide, Burgersdorp and Bedford are the towns that will be cut off.

"The one thing that we want to highlight at the moment is that after considering the submissions that have been done by the different stakeholders that would have been impacted by the challenge of disconnection, we then agreed that we will disconnect as from tomorrow (22 December) from 6am until 9am and then on the same day we will also disconnect between 12pm and 2pm and again at 5pm to 9pm," she said.

"Every day we will be disconnecting at those times and the reason for that is that we are considering what has been submitted so that we minimise the impact on the business sector, we minimise the impact during Christmas time and we minimise the impact to essential services and emergency services.”

Mafumbata added that Eskom is negotiating with the municipalities involved, with the hope of “finding a solution on how they can be able to service the debt that they have owed Eskom for the past years."