Eskom to cut power to two Free State municipalities from over non-payment

Eskom will interrupt the power supply to two Free State municipalities that have failed to uphold their payment agreements, the power utility’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Monday.

Phasiwe said the Tokologo and Nala municipalities would face power interruptions for up to six hours a day from Wednesday July 18, due to non-payment.

If the municipalities still fail to pay, then from July 24 the power supply will be cut for 14 hours between 6am and 8pm, he told Fin24 by phone.

READ MORE: The top ten municipal culprits not paying Eskom debt

The municipalities entered into an agreement with Eskom on June 25, a day before they were supposed to have power supply cut off due to non-payment.

They had to pay a certain amount of money at the end of June and again on July 13, but then reneged on these agreements and only made some of the payments at the end of June. According to Phasiwe, they completely omitted the payment on July 13.

“Since they failed to pay, we have to withdraw that product for that particular period we mentioned,” he said.

Towns in the Tokologo municipality which will be affected are Hertzogville, Boshof, Dealesville and Seretse. In the Nala municipality, areas affected include Bothaville and Wesselsbron.

Asked if Eskom would be open to negotiating new agreements with the municipalities, Phasiwe said it would require a substantial payment from them for the power supplier to be convinced that they are serious about settling their debt.

“Let’s put it this way, the only way for them to get themselves out of this situation is if they come with a huge sum of money,” he said. Tokologo municipality owes R30-million.

“If they come with R5-million, we will not buy their story because we have already seen they are not in a position to honour the agreement.”

READ MORE: No money? No problem! SA’s municipalities splurge on entertainment they can’t afford

Phasiwe said that the small portions they have been paying has not worked to settle outstanding debt.

He admitted that R30-million was a lot for a municipality to raise in one go. “But it’s about the principle. If you enter into the agreement, you need to honour the agreement.”

Phasiwe said the two municipalities had not communicated with Eskom about their failure to make payments, which contributed to the problem.

The websites of the two municipalities did not have information on the electricity interruptions. The municipalities did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday. — Fin24

Lameez Omarjee
Lameez Omarjee
Parliamentary reporter at

Unions slam move to cut wage bill

Cosatu rejects job losses and a wage freeze for public servants, calling this ‘a declaration of war’

Coronavirus: South Africa will evacuate citizens from Wuhan

The government is expected to evacuate citizens from Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated

Primedia CEO Essack leaves following internal battles

Omar Essack leaves the 702 and 94.7 owners after a protracted standoff with the board

‘We’re satisfied with SA’s land reform policy’— US Ambassador

Top US official is lobbying multinational firms to invest in South Africa

Press Releases

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income

SAB Zenzele Kabili B-BBEE share scheme

New scheme to be launched following the biggest B-BBEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history

Digging deep

Automation is unstoppable, but if we're strategic about its implementation, it presents major opportunities

TFSAs are the gymnasts of the retirement savings world

The idea is to get South Africans to save, but it's best to do your research first to find out if a TFSA is really suited to your needs