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The towns of Modimolle, Vaalwater and Mookgophong were once again facing the prospect of a chilling winter without power supplies.
Eskom has published a notice in The BEAT’s sister newspaper, Die Pos/The Post, of the power utility’s “intention” to disrupt power supplies.
Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden responded swiftly, calling on the Limpopo Provincial government to “step up and fulfil its legal duty” to assist the municipality.
She said the municipality would request the provincial COGhSTA and Treasury to get involved in setting up a Financial Recovery Plan and Business Rescue, to ensure residents were not left in the dark and the cold this winter.
She said this was necessitated by “financial difficulties” facing the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality.
“Following the absolute shambles that we inherited from the ANC, it has been an uphill battle to settle an astronomically high-power bill.
“While we have made some progress and have averted two power cuts already, the fact that the municipality has gone through several personnel changes in crucial portfolios, and that residents are not all paying their bills, has left the municipality falling behind in its payment schedule to the power utility,” Van Staden said.
She said while the municipality was able to pay more than half of the R36 million, it was unable to pay the April monthly account.
Van Staden said she planned to meet with Eskom in the coming days to try averting a power cut crisis.
In recent months the national bulk power supplier threatened to put the squeeze on Modimolle, Vaalwater and Mookgophong, but the decision was later suspended after the municipality honoured the repayment agreement.
8 months ago 17 May 2018