SABC News - Sanco tells municipalities to settle Eskom debts:Sunday 14 February 2016

Sanco tells municipalities to settle Eskom debts

Sunday 14 February 2016 07:30

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Sanco called on affected municipalities to honour settlement agreements entered into with Eskom, and for urgent intervention to avert punitive measures.

Sanco called on affected municipalities to honour settlement agreements entered into with Eskom, and for urgent intervention to avert punitive measures.(SABC)

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday urged municipalities to settle their Eskom debts to avoid interruption of bulk electricity supply.

This follows disconnection notices issued to several local government authorities in the Free State, North West, and Northern Cape.

"Communities should not be victimised or suffer inconvenience caused either by alleged maladministration or failure of municipalities to settle outstanding debts due to Eskom," Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.

He called on affected municipalities to honour settlement agreements entered into with Eskom, and for urgent intervention to avert punitive measures that would negatively affect households and the productivity of businesses.

"Implementing regulated interruptions and disconnections will leave consumers with no option but to demand direct electricity sales from Eskom to eliminate the risk associated with purchase of electricity through municipalities," he said.

Mahlangu urged Eskom to maintain an effective debt recovery and early warning system that would ensure debt levels were kept to a minimum.

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