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SA muni faces bulk supply interruptions due to heavy debt

South African state-owned power utility Eskom has intensified the interruption of bulk electricity supply to Phokwane Local Municipality.  Interruptions to Phokwane were implemented on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 due to the Municipality’s failure to honour its debt to Eskom for the bulk supply of electricity.

According to a company statement, since the Municipality has not made sufficient payments to halt the interruptions, Jan Kempdorp, Hartswater and Ganspan are now experiencing daily interruptions with a total duration of six and a half hours per day as opposed to the previous week’s four and a half hours.

The parastatal has warned: “Should the Municipality not make sufficient payments by Monday, 1 October 2018, interruptions will be intensified to 14 hours per day.”

The following interruption schedule applies:

Week 2: 25 September 2018 – 01 October 2018

Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
06h00 – 09h00 08h30 – 12h00
17h00 – 20h30 15h00 – 19h00


Week 3: 02 October 2018 until a payment agreement is reached

Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
06h00 – 20h00 06h00 – 20h00


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.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.