Eskom will have to connect the renewables power generation to its transmission grid says Nersa

On Monday, Eskom announced that it has reached a further three payment agreements with Dihlabeng and Masilonyana municipalities in the Free State Province; and Mamusa in the North West Province.

Echoing the positive developments, interim chief executive, Matshela Koko, said: “We have always emphasised the fact that electricity interruptions are the last resort available to us, which we have taken agonisingly. We are immensely encouraged by the kind of response we are witnessing presently.”

Eskom keeps close eye

According to Koko, Eskom will be monitoring the strict adherence to the payment plans, the utility said in a statement.

“Time has come for the outstanding overdue debt to be honoured in full. Eskom is bent on ensuring that this happens for the sole benefit of, not only Eskom, but the entire South African economy,” he said.

Munis to follow requirements

To avoid supply interruptions, the municipalities need to meet the following three requirements:

  • A cash payment as negotiated with each municipality
  • A written undertaking in the form of a Council Resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward
  • A payment plan for the arrears supported by a Council Resolution

The parastatal will continue with the supply interruptions of electricity to the remaining municipalities between 06h00 – 08h00 and 17h00 – 19h30 (Monday to Friday) and 08h30 – 11h00 and 15h00 – 17h30 (Saturday and Sunday).

Being a socially aware entity, Koko said, we opted for a less invasive method of collection.

“It cannot be overemphasised that relevant laws and agreements permit Eskom to effect 100% electricity disconnections upon non-payment, subject to the prescribed due processes. But we did not exercise this option,” he said.

Continued interruptions

The supply interruptions will continue as follows:

NORTHERN CAPE

Local municipality Affected towns Date on which interruption will commence
Ubuntu Victoria-Wes 18 January 2017
Richmond
Renosterberg Van der Kloof 18 January 2017
Petrusville
Phillipstown


NORTH WEST

Local municipality Affected towns Date on which interruption will commence
Ventersdorp Ventersdorp 16 January 2017
Tshing Township
Appledraai
Buffelsvlei
Boikhutso
Toevlug
Doornkop
Naledi Vryburg 16 January 2017
Stella
Lekwa-Teemane Bloemhof 18 January 2017
Christiana
Maquassi Hills Wolmaransstad 18 January 2017
Madibeng Brits 18 January 2017
Industrial Area
Letlhabile
Oukasie
Damonsville
Elandsrand
Priminidia

 

Kgetleng Rivier Koster 18 January 2017
Swartruggens


MPUMALANGA

Local municipality Affected towns Date on which interruption will commence
eMalahleni Doornpoort 23 January 2017
Kwaguqa
Witbank
Churchill
Mkhondo Piet Retief
Amsterdam
Mbombela Mbombela Stadium/ Ilanga Mall
Riverside/ Nelsrivier
White River
Nelspruit
 

Lekwa

Standerton
 

Msukaligwa

Ermelo
 

Chief Albert Luthuli

Carolina Town
Silobela