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South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, has announced that it will proceed with the interruption of bulk power supply to the Tokologo Local Municipality as it failed to uphold its payment agreement.

As published in notices on 8 February 2018 and 14 February 2018, the interruption will commence on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 and continue indefinitely.

Tokologo Local Municipality is currently indebted to Eskom in the amount of R36, 464, 659.52 ($3 million) for the bulk supply of electricity, part of which has been outstanding and in escalation since August 2012.

“After extensive engagements with the Municipality, we have decided to continue with the planned interruption as it has become clear that negotiating with the Municipality is not delivering the desired outcome,” says Bibi Bedir, Senior Manager Customer Service Free State.

“Although we are legally allowed to disconnect the bulk supply to the Municipality in total, we are weary of the fact that it may cause undue hardship to consumers and members of the community.”

Bedir added: “Hence we have opted for a regulated interruption of electricity supply as opposed to an outright disconnection.”

Bulk supply interruptions: affected areas

Consumers in Boshof, Dealesville, Hertzogville and Seretse will be affected by the planned supply interruptions.

Temporary scheduled disconnection will be effected at the following times:

Week 1
Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 08:00 08:30 – 11:00
17:00 – 19:30 15:00 – 17:30
Week 2
Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 09:00 08:30 – 12:00
17:00 – 20:30 15:00 – 19:00
Week 3
Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
06:00 – 20:00 06:00 – 20:00

 

The parastatal said in a statement: “Notwithstanding the above proposed indicative times for the interruption of electricity supply, Eskom may, upon 15 calendar days’ notice, serve the right to disconnect electricity entirely and indefinitely should the electricity debt situation not improve.”

For more information and updates, customers can contact the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600 ESKOM (08600 37566).

 

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