LIVE: Eskom electricity ‘throttling’ under spotlight

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Matthew le Cordeur

2017-10-10 09:38

Eskom is meeting parliamentarians on Tuesday to discuss its policy of cutting power to municipalities who have defaulted on their payments.

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Eskom electricity ‘throttling’ under spotlight

 

Eskom is meeting parliamentarians on Tuesday to discuss
its policy of cutting power to municipalities who have defaulted on their
payments.

 

The meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Cooperative
Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) will include Eskom, South African
Local Government Association (Salga), and National Treasury. The portfolio
committees on Public Enterprises and Finance have also been invited, explained Kevin
Mileham, Democratic Alliance MP on Monday.

 

Mileham had written to the committee’s chairperson, Mzameni
Mdakane, asking for an urgent meeting to discus his “concern about those municipalities which are currently
experiencing ‘throttling’ of electricity supply as a result of their failure to
adhere to payment agreements with Eskom,” he said in a statement.

 

“It is grossly unfair that residents in the affected
municipalities in Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern
Cape be disadvantaged, through no fault of their own, due to their
municipality’s inability to meet Eskom’s onerous financial arrangements,” he
said.

 

He said the DA called on affected councils to ring fence income
generated by electricity sales for the sole purposes of paying the amounts owed
to the power utility as well as for the maintenance of electrical
infrastructure.

 

“The failure of municipal managers and, ultimately,
mayors in the affected municipality to use monies – paid by residents for
electricity consumed – to settle Eskom debts lies at the heart of the crisis,
and these individuals should be held personally responsible.

“However, residents cannot be cut off as a result and
Eskom has a responsibility to reach a workable solution with these
municipalities.

 

“We look forward to engaging with the relevant
departments and entities tomorrow, and hope to find a workable solution.”

 



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