Free State municipality averts 14-hour power interruptions at eleventh hour

Tokologo Local Municipality in the Free State has averted 14-hour power interruptions by reaching an agreement with Eskom to pay back its debt of more than R36 million.

This comes after the municipality failed to reach an agreement with the electricity supplier late on Friday afternoon.

Eskom then notified communities of Boshof, Dealesville, Hertzogville en Seretse that 14-hour interruptions were to be implemented on Saturday.

In a media release Eskom said after allowing the municipality Shortly after, however, Eskom again sent out a notification that a payment agreement was reached and supply interruption has been suspended.

Eskom’s Senior Manager of Customer Services in the Free State, Bibi Bedir, said adherence to the agreement will be closely monitored, and default on the agreement will result in the reinstitution of interruptions with a 48 hour notice period. Some worried community members told OFM News on Friday that 14-hour interruptions would lead to chaos.

Scheduled supply interruptions by Eskom to the municipality started on February 21 this year due to the failure to honour a payment agreement of R36 464 659.52 million indebted to Eskom for the bulk supply of electricity.