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The City of Tshwane has updated its load shedding schedule. Images: X/@urbanangel87 and Pixabay.

Eskom blasts City of Tshwane for ‘failing’ to settle its electricity bill

Will Eskom cut off power in the City of Tshwane? The company has approached the Department of Cogta to resolve the City’s poor payments.

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The City of Tshwane has updated its load shedding schedule. Images: X/@urbanangel87 and Pixabay.

Eskom has once again called on the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to pay its bulk electricity supply to enable the power utility to “continue supplying electricity to the city”.

Eskom revealed that the City’s debt has risen to R1.4 billion.


The embattled power utility said the City of Tshwane’s electricity debt has compounded due to its short payments and non-payments spanning several months in the recent past. 

The Metropolitan Municipality reportedly short-paid its November 2022 account of R780 million, negatively impacting the power utility’s liquidity, financial performance, and sustainability.

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“Eskom does not have the financial capacity to finance the City of Tshwane’s operations and calls on the city to do right by its residents and pay the bulk electricity account to enable Eskom to continue supplying electricity to the city,” the power utility said.

The electricity supplier said it has engaged with the CoT to pay the remaining balance on the November account; however, “the bill remains outstanding”.

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Eskom has reportedly approached the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to resolve the municipality’s poor payments that continue to spiral out of control. The Public Finance Management Act requires that institutions recover what is owed to them; hence Eskom sought the intervention of Cogta in the matter. 

“Eskom has previously reported on the City of Tshwane’s erratic payments on its bulk account. On 5 January, the power utility made the same plea to settle its long outstanding invoice of November 2022 in a meeting between the two entities to no avail,” the power utility said. 

In response, the City’s Executive Mayor, Randall Williams said Eskom cannot ignore its adverse contribution to some of the City’s financial liquidity problems.

“Our residents and businesses are battling economically due to load- shedding, which in turn contributes to low revenue for the City,” he said.

Since 2022, Eskom and the City have been in a public spat over vast amounts of unpaid electricity bills, which “cripples” the battling power supplier’s finances.

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