Eskom says it has made some progress collecting outstanding funds owed to it by a number of municipalities across several provinces.
The energy parastatal says it’s received payments and payment plans from 21 out of 34 of the specified municipalities, subsequently suspending any power interruptions to these areas.
“We are immensely encouraged by the kind of response we are witnessing presently and would like to thank all the municipalities that have made an effort to pay their accounts, and committed to their payment agreements,” says Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko.
Meanwhile, the company says, power interruptions have continued in the municipalities of Naledi, Lekwa-Teemane and Kgetlengrivier in the North West.
In the Northern Cape, Ubuntu and Renosterberg will also be affected. Eskom says that the decision to disrupt electricity is an “agonising” one, but that it is a last resort.
“We take solace in the fact that we spared no effort to collect outstanding debts amicably,” it says.
It reiterates that it has the legal right to disconnect the power completely, but that it has “opted for a softer approach”.
According to Eyewitness News, the company has retrieved a total sum of R10,2-billion thus far.