Will Newcastle be left in the dark?

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A growing sense of discontentment towards Newcastle Municipality is prevailing, following a notice issued by Eskom.

The Eskom notice in question states that Eskom has decided to proceed with the contemplated electricity interruptions.

Early this month, following the Newcastle Shutdown, Newcastle Mayor Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba addressed a large group of Newcastillians at Trim Park, assuring them the Eskom debacle has been resolved.

Not did he only explain there would be no power outages, but he claimed agreements with Eskom had been made regarding payment.

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However, the new notice issued by Eskom claims as of September 30 to October 6, the scheduled disconnections will be as follows:

Monday to Friday, from 6 am until 9 am and again from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Saturday and Sunday, there will be interruptions from 8.30 am until 12 pm. This will be followed by further interruptions from 3 pm until 8om.

From October 7, until the breach is remedied, there will be power interruptions from 6 am until 8 pm.

The notice also states that notwithstanding the above proposed indicative times for the interruption of electricity, Eskom may, upon 15 days’ calendar notice, disconnect electricity entirely and indefinitely should the electricity debt situation not improve,

With Newcastillians now expecting to be left in the dark, the Mayor’s office has issued a notice pertaining to the matter.

In the notice, it states that the Newcastle Municipality has not received any formal communication from Eskom, which stipulates they will be cutting the town’s electricity. Furthermore, the notice states the municipality will now be applying for a High Court interdict against Eskom.

With a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the situation, Mayor Mahlaba’s office states the municipality is doing everything in its power to ensure Newcastle will not be left in the dark.

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