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News24.com | 4 Western Cape municipalities owe Eskom a cumulative R89.7m arrears

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  • Four Western Cape municipalities owe Eskom a whopping R89.7 million in arrears.
  • These are Matzikama with R7.1 million, Cederberg with R39.6 million, Kannaland R13.9 million, and Beaufort West R29.1 million.
  • The remaining 26 local government authorities are currently in good standing with the power utility.

Four out of the 30 municipalities in the Western Cape are in arrears with Eskom. And while most in the province are rural and struggling with severe financial challenges, MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has warned that there is, “no excuse to not pay your Eskom bill”.

Bredell in a statement on Friday said municipalities are able to reallocate the profit they get for facilitating electricity to their areas, but that the money owed to the public utility should not be used for other costs, such as that of municipal personnel costs.

The four Western Cape municipalities owe a cumulative R89.7 million in arrears – Matzikama with R7.1 million, Cederberg R39.6 million, Kannaland R13.9 million, and Beaufort West R29.1 million.

Bredell said the remaining 26 municipalities are currently in good standing with Eskom while his department was “working hard” with the remaining four to arrange payment terms to, “… ensure the situation is resolved as speedily as possible”.

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Meanwhile, Bredell has welcomed the recent allocation of provincial funds towards the Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) project in the Western Cape.

“The funding will assist selected municipalities in their efforts to become more energy resilient given ongoing challenges with electricity supply in the country. The provincial treasury has allocated R48.8 million over the medium term and will provide a further R20 million in the provincial reserves for project,” he said.

Drakenstein, Mossel Bay, Overstrand, Saldanha Bay, Stellenbosch, and Swartland municipalities are participating in the first phase of the project.

Eskom on Friday cancelled loadshedding from midday as, “… generation units return to service, helping to restore available capacity”.


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