Gamagara & Tsantsabane soon in the dark

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Eskom has notified both the Gamagara and Tsantsbane local municipalities that due to failure to honour their pay-ment agreements, electricity supply will be interupted until such time as the agree-ments have been renewed.
According to notifications published in leading daily newspapers, Gamagara owes Eskom R65 572 564.51 and Tsantsabane R85 061 060.00.
Eskom states that due to its statutory obli-gation to supply electricity to the country, the outstanding amounts are threatening the financial sustainability of its service provision nationally.
The towns of Kathu, Olifantshoek, Dingle-ton and Postmasburg are affected.
The notice provides a schedule of the down times over a three week period.
During the first week from 29 March - 05 April 2018, the power will off between 06:00 - 08:00 and 17:00 - 19:30.
During the second week from 06 April - 11 April 2018 the down times will be between 06:00 - 09:00 and 17:00 - 20:30.
During the third week, electricity will not be available from 06:00 - 20:00 and this down time will remain until such time as the agree-ment has been renewed and re-activated. There are specific times for weekends also.
Eskom adds that it reserves the right to completely disconnect power indefinitely with only a 15-day notice period if no pro-gress is made by the respective munici-
palities with regard to settlement of the out-standing amounts.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance coun-cillors at Gamagara local municipality have requested the Speaker Dineo Moyo for an ur-gent meeting with the mayor Edwin Hantise.
Provincially, DA Constituency Head of Lohatla and Member of the Provincial Legi-slature Melinda Hattingh, has lashed out at
kom to prevent load shedding last year. Given the dire financial state of Gamagara municipality, this agreement was never sus-tainable and was subsequently not be hon-oured.
All attempts made by the Kathu Gazette to reach the local government officials for comment were futile.
the former acting Municipal Manager and current Chief Financial Manager, Moses Grond whom had entered into a payment agreement with Es-kom to prevent load shedding last year. Given the dire financial state of Gamagara municipality, this agreement was never sus-tainable and was subsequently not be hon-oured.