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Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality cancels Eskom electricity supply – SABC News

Maluti-A-Phofung Local Government in Qwaqwa says it has handed over power to Eskom.

The municipality owes Eskom over R6.5 billion.

The municipality says it has become difficult to ensure that all substations are secured and revenues are collected from businesses and residents.

In recent years, the authority has struggled with stabilizing the electricity supply.

Acting Mayor Gilbert Mokotso said they hoped the move would reduce power outages in the municipality area.

Mokotso says: “We will have an active partnership with Eskom, we are currently engaged in public engagement with the community, so Eskom will start supplying electricity to Maluti-A-Phofung from the end of August. We want Eskom to take over all electricity operations at the municipality. Our staff will be seconded to Eskom and Eskom will help train our other staff. After a while, maybe in a few years, they will return to the municipality when the electricity is stable in Maluti-A-Phofung.”

The power utility has confirmed it is working with the troubled Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in Qwaqwa.

Free State director of customer services Bibi Bedir said that in an attempt to recover the money, the municipality and Eskom had agreed to enter into an active partnership agreement.

According to Bedir, the agreement entails the appointment of Eskom as the provider of the municipal supply area.

“Eskom will carry out a full range of network maintenance and operation tasks, as well as revenue recovery. We are currently working to help the local government with the participation of the population and the involvement of those involved. We hope that the distribution agent contract will be signed by the end of August in order to implement it.”

VIDEO: In 2021, Eskom and Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality signed an agreement:

Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality cancels Eskom electricity supply – SABC News

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