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NC towns get power reprieve

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"We are pleased with the progress that has been made and hope that the municipalities will adhere to the terms of the agreements entered into with Eskom”

Picture: Ian Landsberg

ESKOM has announced that planned interruptions to 11 defaulting Northern Cape municipalities have been suspended.

Eskom general manager in the Northern Cape, Klaas Gouws, said yesterday that bulk electricity supply to the Magareng, Richtersveld, Khâi-Ma, Kamiesberg, Ubuntu, Siyathemba, Thembelihle, Phokwane, Dikgatlong, Renosterberg and Siyancuma local municipalities would not be interrupted on December 19, 2019.

“Supply interruptions due to non-payment are always a method of last resort. The ultimate goal is to collect revenue owed to Eskom for the bulk supply of electricity to municipalities. We are pleased with the progress that has been made and hope that the municipalities will adhere to the terms of the agreements entered into with Eskom,” Gouws stated.

In newspaper notices published in the week of October 21, 2019, Eskom announced its intention to interrupt supply to the above mentioned municipalities due to non-payment.