There shall be light! No power cuts planned for Newcastle

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Newcastillians can sigh with relief, the Newcastle Municipality has managed to obtain the necessary interim interdict against Eskom. This means there will be no power cuts.

Panic surged through the town when Eskom issued a notice in September, which stated that the power utility intended to switch off the town’s power. This follows the Newcastle Municipality owing a staggering R213 123 387 to Eskom, with no payment in sight.

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The initial power interruptions were scheduled to take place from September 30, continuing until the Newcastle Municipality made the required payment towards the debt.

Frantically, mere days before the scheduled power interruptions, the Newcastle Municipality took the necessary steps to apply for an interdict against Eskom.

Following days of stress and arguments, an interdict is officially in place, following today’s, October 8, court case. Thereby safeguarding Newcastle from power cuts.

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During the court case at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, it was also stated the Newcastle Municipality would need to pay R30 million on the 15th of each month, with the first payment scheduled for the 15th of this month.

With Newcastle being under the national spotlight as of light regarding the Eskom saga, it seems our municipality is not the only one which owes the power utility a large sum of money.

According to a report of the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) that was presented to the Gauteng Legislature’s COGTA Committee, Soweto owes Eskom more than R17 billion. A significantly larger sum of money than Newcastle’s debt.

With the interdict now in action, what are your thoughts on the Eskom saga? Do you feel the payment schedule will be upheld or not? Do you believe the legal battle has put enough focus on the dilemma to ensure payments will now be made? Share your views and opinions with us in the comment section below.

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One thought on “There shall be light! No power cuts planned for Newcastle

  • 8th Oct 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    How will “sticky fingers” syndrome be avoided?
    Is the mayor’s enormous salary justified?
    In view of the shortage of monies in the municipal coffers, shouldn’t the mayor, councillors and municipal clerical staff take a cut in their remunerations.
    Hard measures for hard times.
    Also extravagant, over the top, Christmas parties should cease forthwith.
    The money being spent with gay abandon belongs, not to the mayor, councillors and clerical staff but to the ratepayers.
    These funds should be spent on legitimate expenses only, such as ESKOM, repairs and maintenance etc, not on private affairs of mayor, councillors and clerical staff.

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