Cuts loom as non payments continue

“The DA is the only political party in South Africa that has proven to be able to provide positive financial stability and prioritise the needs of the residents that we serve in the municipalities and metros where we govern”.

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The Bulletin reported in April that Eskom will cut supply for non payment. Even after an interdict was obtained against Eskom agreements are ignored

Govan Mbeki Municipality obtained a court order a few months ago against the possible power interruptions in GMM. Eskom declined to comment on this court interdict as the matter is still being reviewed in court.
Following several engagements with the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality on the current debt accrued by the municipality after the previous court interdict, Eskom has decided to proceed with interruptions. The effective date of the interruptions will be published in the media via a formal notice. Should the breach of the payment agreement be remedied before the notice appears, interruptions can be avoided.
DA Caucus leader, Ciska Jordaan, wrote the following statement to the Bulletin.
With the ESKOM and Rand Water debt of the Govan Mbeki Municipality having escalated to more than a Billion Rand, it appears that ESKOM has once again put its foot down and is demanding what is owed to them. Though the news is not surprising, the Democratic Alliance is disappointed to learn that ESKOM is planning to implement electricity interruptions to the Govan Mbeki Municipality due to non-payment towards their debt and repeated contravention of their payment agreements with the power utility.
The failure of the ANC leadership to inform the council as well as the residents that it serves, consistently indicates that the looming interruptions that will affect several towns are either not a priority to the ANC led municipality, or that information is blatantly being hidden from the council and the public in the – as can be expected – desperate attempt to arrange new payment agreements that the municipality just cannot keep up with.
It is alleged that, should the municipality not make a payment to ESKOM, the service provider would publish the effective date of interruptions during this week in the local media.
In addition to the constant breach of payment agreements and pending outcome of the court interdict against ESKOM, the council was presented at its last meeting with inaccurate repayment reports pertaining to the ESKOM and Rand Water debt. The ANC majority had then voted against the proposal of the Democratic Alliance to distribute accurate reports to councillors in the interest of transparency and keeping the public informed.
Planned electricity interruptions from ESKOM due to non-payment of debt is an axe that persistently hangs over the head of the anxious Govan Mbeki resident and this will not change for as long as the ANC is in charge of the affairs of the municipality. “The DA is the only political party in South Africa that has proven to be able to provide positive financial stability and prioritise the needs of the residents that we serve in the municipalities and metros where we govern”.

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