The electricity supply to Hartbeespoort was cut on Monday afternoon due to the Madibeng municipality’s non-payment of the City of Tshwane account, and the Tshwane metro has now indicated that the water supply will also be restricted if Madibeng does not pay up.
According to City of Tshwane spokesperson, Lindela Mashigo, Madibeng owes R61 819 495.51 for electricity and R160 259 665.42 for water.
Madibeng hastily paid the current electricity account amount of R15 million on Monday in order for Tshwane to restore the electricity supply.
The water account has not been paid since June and the current payment expected is R9 984 871.66.
“The water will also be restricted,” Mashigo said.
Final demand letters were submitted to the Madibeng Municipality on 1 September. “We did engage with Madibeng often, informing the municipality that it needs to pay the debt. The debt dates back to before the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
According to information Kormorant received, Madibeng currently also owes Eskom R170 million, Randwater R14 million and the Department of Water and Sanitation R61.5 million.
After Eskom threatened to cut the electricity supply in July, Madibeng paid R130 million towards the Eskom account. At the time Eskom said the arrear debt was still R110 million
Madibeng spokesperson, Tumelo Tshabalala said on Monday afternoon that “the municipality has made a payment and will do its utmost best to prevent such inconvenience from occurring again.” The municipality would not divulge the outstanding debt and how long it has been in arrears.
“The municipality wishes to apologise for the inconvenience experienced by customers in Hartbeespoort,” Tshabalala said on Monday.