EC municipalities could lose power if Eskom debt is not paid up

Eskom says mounting debt left the power utility no alternative but to interrupt electricity supply.

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CAPE TOWN - Municipalities in the Eastern Cape could find themselves in the dark on Wednesday if councils don't pay up before the end of the day.

Eskom's Group Executive for Customer Service Ayanda Noah told Parliament's Energy Committee on Tuesday that mounting debt left the power utility no alternative but to interrupt electricity supply.

At the end of July, total municipal debt to Eskom stood at R11 billion.

Noah says of the 62 payment agreements entered into with defaulting municipalities at the end of May, only 20 have been fully honoured, while others are only partially honoured or not at all.

“I have urged the team, however, to do some very tough negotiations during the course of the day as we had done in the last couple of days.”