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City Power keeps the lights on at Gauteng Hospitals following discussions with provincial government.Image via: Adobe Stock

City Power out of ‘ICU’, keeps lights on at Gauteng hospitals

City Power has despite of their ‘ICU’ state of revenue challenges, managed to keep the power on at Gauteng Hospitals following discussions.

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City Power keeps the lights on at Gauteng Hospitals following discussions with provincial government.Image via: Adobe Stock

City Power has halted the disconnection of hospitals, including Charlotte Maxeke, as officials work to resolve payment issues with the Johannesburg and Gauteng government.

Senior officials from the Johannesburg electricity utility and the Gauteng government met to address the R41 million debt owed by provincial health institutions.

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Charlotte Maxeke and South Rand Hospitals faced power cutoffs due to outstanding debts of R41 million and R3 million, respectively, according to Times Live.


City Power highlighted outstanding amounts, including R41 million from Charlotte Maxeke, emphasising disconnection as a last resort.

“The disconnection of customers over electricity debt comes as the last resort for City Power after knocking at the doors reminding the institutions of their debt obligations,” said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

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“City Power is in the ICU in terms of its revenue, with billions of rand in the red. We are hoping we will find each other on these debts, especially after the intervention by co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Mzi Khumalo and finance MEC Jacob Mamabolo.”


“However, the GDoH has an obligation like any consumer of municipal services to ensure that when there are discrepancies in the billing owing to one reason or another, these get verified before any payment can be processed,” read the statement.

For the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, six invoices totaling R32 474 056.39 have been paid, with an additional R4.9 million finalised for payment and another R5.2 million in processing.

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Helen Joseph Hospital’s R13 million debt has been fully paid, but allocation delays have led to discrepancies in City Power’s records.

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital settled its R4 million debt. South Rand Hospital faces an unusual invoice of R2 086 080.30, currently pending clarification and processing.

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Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital’s R2.6 million debt is current, with an invoice being processed.

Notably, City Power incorrectly attributed a R47 million debt to Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital instead of Transvaal Memorial Institute, raising questions about responsibility.

The GDoH disputes ongoing interest charges on settled amounts and calls for resolution to maintain collaboration for service delivery.