Negotiations between Mpumalanga’s Govan Mbeki Municipality and Eskom regarding possible power cuts in April are look promising.
This was the sentiment of Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, following recent meetings with the council, Ridge Times reported.
He said the municipality had shown commitment in resolving the matter amicably.
“They are doing what we have been calling them to do. We wanted them to come to the table and negotiate and we hope they will stick to the commitment,” Phasiwe said.
Recently, the municipality apparently paid R38 million on the current account and R41 million on the old debt, he said.
Municipality spokesperson Bheki Kubheka, said they were working around the clock to ensure that Eskom does not cut the power next month.
He said the municipality remained confident that an agreement favourable to both parties will be reached soon.
“We urge the community not to panic and urge those owing the municipality, to pay,” Kubheka said.
Eskom announced in February that the discontinuation of electricity supply to the Govan Mbeki Municipality will be effective from 11 April after Council’s failure to honour its agreement.
The contemplated interruption of electricity supply will result in temporary scheduled disconnections.
However, Phasiwe said there would now be no power cuts if the municipality keeps to its commitment.
He said the municipality must make sure that they do not skip payments, which would result in the power cuts will be executed.
– Caxton News Service