Friday Eskom's intention to disconnect supply to Westrand Power Distributors for the R18 786 593.07 it owes the utility, will not affect thousands of customers as reported by the media. The planned disconnection, if implemented, will only affect customers from the Westvillage area (an old mining village) as communicated by Eskom.
We are concerned about various media reports which state that customers in Randfontein, Krugersdorp and Riverlea will be affected by the planned disconnection. This has caused panic from customers in these areas, said Daphne Mokwena, the Senior Manager for Customer Services in the Gauteng Operating Unit. Mokwena further stated that she hoped that the media would correct this to alleviate the panic that the incorrect reports have created.
The incorrect information comes after Eskom issued a media statement advising of its intention to disconnect supply to the Westrand Power Distributors. In the statement, Eskom mentioned that it had requested representations and/or submissions to be made by all affected parties on or before 24 January 2020 on why it should proceed with the contemplated supply disconnection or not.
We have not received any representation, presentation, or comments on the matter and if we do not receive any form of submission from affected parties, we will continue with the planned supply disconnection on 20 February 2020, as there would be no submissions for consideration, concluded Mokwena.