South African power utility Eskom has again warned that delinquent municipalities in the country must settle their unpaid electricity bills or face oiwer cuts of up to four hours a day.
Last month, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown pleaded with the power utility to extend the deadline until Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017, so that those affected municipalities could draw up a plan to settle their outstanding bills.
Eskom is to announce later municipalities are still in arrears, and will be issuing a schedule for the next round of interruptions of the affected municipalities on Wednesday.
It says the amount owed to it has grown over the past eight months from around 6.0 billion Rand to more than 10 billion Rand (about 730 million US dollars) at present.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK