Eskom to switch off defaulting Free State municipalities

File: If you don't pay, you should get no service. That's the recommendation of Eskom's acting CEO Jabu Mabuza. 

File: The power utility stated they have been using their emergency resources to generate enough electricity for the country.


JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has warned the Free State municipalities of Mangaung, Mafube and Mantsopa that it will be switching off services from 3 December.

The electricity shutdown is scheduled to take place from 6am until 8pm.

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The utility says this will allow the municipalities to reduce their debt.

"Eskom recognises that to indefinitely stop the supply of electricity services may cause undue hardship to consumers and members of the community and may adversely affect the delivery of other services," the power utility said in a statement.

"In view of this and in order to minimize any hardship to consumers and any members of the community, Eskom will hold its electricity supply services in a regulated pattern. This will allow members of the community and consumers the opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the scheduled periods."

Eskom has warned that it could entirely terminate electricity supply if they fail to improve their debt.

"Should these municipalities not pay Eskom or fail to enter into payment arrangments, Eskom will stop electricity supply services to these municipalities."

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Meanwhile, the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape remains off the hook for now pending court proceedings.

Eskom says it will not continue with the planned interruption on Tuesday until the matter is heard on 12 December and judgment is delivered.