POWER UTILITY ESKOM ANNOUNCES DATES TO CUT ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO DELINQUENT MUNICIPALITIES

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa's State-owned power utility, Eskom, has announced the dates on which it is to suspend the supply of electricity to 23 delinquent municipalities which owe substantial sums in unpaid electricity bills and have apparently failed to honour repayment agreements.

Eskom said in a statement here Tuesday that 62 municipalities entered into repayment plans at the end of May and most of these might now be affected by electricity cuts.

Municipal debt to Eskom now amounts to 11.5 billion Rand (about 891 million US dollars). In July and August, 23 municipalities were told they faced disconnection of services and the dates on which bulk electricity supplies will be suspended have been announced.

The only provinces which have no municipalities facing disconnection are KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, and Western Cape.

The scheduled power supply interruptions are set to begin in mid-September.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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