TUESDAY, A notice of Eskom's intention to discontinue electricity supply due to nonpayment for services rendered was served to the Tsantsabane and Emthanjeni Local Muncipalities in the Northern Cape on Friday, 14 February 2020.
As a result of the two municipalities' breach of payment conditions concluded with Eskom, electricity supply to Postmasburg (Tsantsabane) and to De Aar, Britstown and Hanover (Emthanjeni) will be discontinued from 03 March 2020 until the breaches are remedied.
Eskom recognises that the indefinite disconnection of electricity supply may cause undue hardship to consumers and members of the community, and may adversely affect the delivery of other services. In view of this, Eskom will implement a regulated interruption of electricity supply as opposed to an outright disconnection. The regulated interruption will allow members of the community and consumers the opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the scheduled periods of interruption.
Notwithstanding the above proposed indicative times for the discontinuation of supply, Eskom may, upon seven calendar days' notice, serve the notice to terminate electricity supply services entirely and indefinitely should the municipalities' debt situation not improve.
Eskom advises all parties who are likely to be materially and adversely affected by the withholding of electricity supply services to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety of lives and to limit damages to their equipment, operations and business.