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Lights off: Eskom to cut power in parts of Gauteng, EC over ‘unpaid bills’

The going’s got tough, and the tough have got going at Eskom. Two of the biggest defaulters now face a complete electricity blackout in February.

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No more Mr Nice Guy up at Megawatt Park then: Eskom have vowed to cut the power supply in two municipalities – based in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape respectively – on Thursday 23 January after they continued to default on their outstanding payments.

With a new CEO, acting chairperson and spokesperson in place, Eskom are doing a bit of spring cleaning – better late than never, we suppose – and have targeted a couple of rogue regions that owe the company millions. Facing R450 billion of debt, the firm will have to claw back every penny they can find to reduce this financial burden.

Where are Eskom cutting off the power?


Power suppliers in the West Rand – which covers homes from Randfontein to Roodepoort – are facing a complete shutdown over a whopping R18.7 million bill. Failure to come up with a repayment plan by 20 February will see the electricity disconnected in this part of the province, affecting thousands of residents.

Sporadic homes will be affected by the cuts, but none more so than those based in Westvillage. The mining town is facing a total grid wipeout. According to Gauteng Eskom’s senior manager for customer service Daphne Mokwena, the aggrieved parties have just 24 hours to submit their concerns:

“Our final decision on this matter will be published on 4 February after all submissions and representations have been considered. If we don’t receive submissions from these parties, we will continue with the planned supply disconnection on 20 February.”

Daphne Mokwena

Eastern Cape:

In the Eastern Cape, Dr Beyers Naude Municipality will see the lights go out in February. The area, home to the towns of Willowmore, Steytlerville and Jansenville, all face the prospect of a severely limited supply.

Eskom published a timetable that details how and when the electricity will be withheld. The municipality has until 6 February to settle its debts – or come to a suitable repayment arrangement with the state energy provider. If they fail to meet this deadline, they will be plunged into darkness as per the schedule:

  • First week: Power off from 6:00 – 9:00 and 17:00 – 20:30 from Monday to Friday, then 8:30 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Second week onwards: Power off from 6:00 – 20:00, Monday to Sunday.