SABC News - Eastern Cape municipalities face Christmas blackout :Tuesday 22 December 2015

Eastern Cape municipalities face Christmas blackout

Tuesday 22 December 2015 18:38

Iviwe Poti

Residents of Jansenville are among the first to experience power cuts.(SABC)

Power utility, Eskom has started cutting off electricity in four Eastern Cape municipalities for non-payment. The affected towns include Steynsburg, Jansenville, Bedford, Adelaide and Aliwal North. These municipalities owe Eskom R172-million in arrears.

Residents of Jansenville are among the first to experience power cuts. The cuts will start from 6am to 9am in the morning, 12 noon to 2pm in the afternoon and from 5pm to 9pm at night.

Community leader, Eric Heydenrych says, "These electricity cuts are really going to cause major problems for everybody including businesses, hospitals and old-age homes. Poor people living in the area are going to suffer the most because they cannot afford generators."

The provincial government says it is currently in negotiations with Eskom trying to salvage the situation.

Eastern Cape government spokesperson, Sizwe Khupelo says, "The issues that have been raised by Eskom are issues that will have to be dealt with at the level of provincial government and as such we have instructed National Treasury and The Department of Corporate Governance to deal with these issues investigating the circumstances surrounding the non-payment of Eskom."





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