Eskom has held true to its warning and cut off all bulk power supply to the Eastern Cape’s Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality for failure to service its mounting debt.
This only adds to the growing list of problems faced by the municipality. Dubbed the worst place to live in South Africa, Cradock and Middleburg, will have to find alternative ways to supplement their electricity needs.
Why is Inxuba Yethemba Municipality without power?
The power utility had warned on Monday, 3 June, that the municipality’s failure to “remedy its breach of bulk electricity payment agreeement” would result in planned interruptions from Tuesday, 4 June.
“Eskom reserves the right to effect credit control measures as stipulated in the supply agreement between Eskom and the municipality and as per its obligations to collect all revenue due to it as required by the Public Management Act,” the power utility noted in its statement.
However, the warning fell on deaf ears. This is not the first time Eskom has initiated planned outages in the municipality.
As reported by Times Live, the fearmongering from the power utility trails back to October 2018, after the municipality failed to strike an affordable repayment deal to service its multimillion-rand debt.
When will power be restored in Cradock and Middleburg?
Since Friday, 7 June, residents from Cradock and Middleburg have had to adjust their daily lives with the power utility’s planned interruptions. There has been no indication from Eskom as to how long these outages will run for.
The power utility has noted that while it empathises with the plight of those affected, it is left with no choice, since the municipality has not honoured its end of the deal.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 7, 2019