Embattled power utility Eskom said in a statement its decision to interrupt power supply at Mogale City Local Municipality has been postponed.
“Eskom has decided not to proceed with the publication of the final decision on the interruption of supply at the Mogale City Local Municipality, of which decisions were planned to be published this week,” it said.
The state-owned enterprise says they reached the decision based on receiving “substantial submissions”.
Eskom calls on affected parties to submit submissions
This follows a public notice to Mogale City Local Municipality that was published on 17 January 2020. The notice called on all affected parties to make submissions, written representations or comments indicating why Eskom should, or should not, proceed with its contemplated interruptions.
“In order for Eskom to meaningfully engage and consider all the submissions received, it was seen as necessary not to proceed as intended,” it said.
“We will also continue to engage with relevant stakeholders and we will inform the public by the week of 6 March 2020, of the outcome of the submissions received and the final decision on the matter,” said the Gauteng Operating Unit customer services senior manager Daphne Mokwena.
Eskom trusts its decision will encourage the affected parties to put pressure on the municipality to meet its “constitutional, statutory and contractual” obligations and make good on the repayment of the electricity debt.
Letsemeng Municipality could lose power on Thursday 27 February
In a separate incident a mere week ago, Eskom threatened the Letsemeng Local Municipality in the Free State. The embattled power utility said that if the municipality did not settle its debt by Wednesday 26 February, there would be power outages of up to 14 hours a day, seven days a week.
Eskom, in a statement, said their decision was based on a prior commitment by Free State Treasury to assist the ailing municipality by paying a portion of its electricity debt.
“Eskom has granted the municipality a seven-day grace period to settle the amount payable, to avert the withholding of electricity supply services,” it said on Wednesday 19 February.
Eskom served a notice to the municipality on 31 January, informing them of its intention to withhold the provision of electricity supply from 20 February, due to the breach of its payment conditions.
However, the power utility has since reconsidered and added an additional seven days to the municipality’s looming deadline.
“Should the agreed payment not be made by Wednesday 26 February, Eskom will withhold electricity supply services in terms of the previous notice,” it said.
The power utility said it will cut electricity supply to the municipality from 27 February until “the breach” is remedied.