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Eskom lauds EC premier for preventing power cuts

By Charl Bosch - Dec 23, 2015
Eskom lauds EC premier for preventing power cuts

Power utility Eskom has reportedly thanked Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle for intervening in sorting out the debt of four local municipalities, who faced power cuts for failing to pay electricity fees amounting to over R172-million.

In a statement on Tuesday, the state-owned parastatal announced it had backtracked on the decision to cut power in certain towns falling under the Gariep, Ikwezi, Maletswai and Nxuba local municipalities, after the Provincial government opted to make partial payments as well as committing to a plan of action in resolving the matter.

The blackouts, which started at 06h00 and would have lasted between two and three hours, were suspended with immediate effect following a meeting with Eskom and the municipalities yesterday.  

“It should be emphasised that the interruption of the bulk supply to a municipality is implemented as a last resort, after all other measures have failed,” Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe was quoted by Fin24 as saying.

He added that the matter had also been raised to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs for consideration.