Eskom to pull plug on majority of Soweto homes: 60% affected

Eskom to pull plug on majority of Soweto homes: 60% affected

- Eskom is reportedly disconnecting approximately 60% of Sowetan households

- This comes as the region accounts for a massive portion of municipal debts

- However, the homes being cut off from the grid this time are those with illegal connections

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Soweto accounts for the largest portion of cash-strapped Eskom's municipal debts with figures soaring above R17 billion.

The South African reports that an alarming portion of homes in the region, around 60%, are going to be cut off from the grid.

This is reportedly in connection with a drive to remove the burden of illegal connections from the supply chain, which impacts an already vulnerable grid.

Residents had approached the courts in a bid to override previous disconnections, offering to pay a flat rate of around R100 a month for power.

The court had struck the matter off the role after leader King Sibiya, who is not an attorney, failed to provide the needed information.

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The power utility in the meantime has released a statement noting that while the system remains constrained, load-shedding is not on the cards:

“The probability of load shedding remains, but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. There is sufficient diesel for our open cycle gas turbines and water at the pumped storage schemes to supplement the shortage of capacity, if required."

Nampak CEO André de Ruyters was recently appointed as the incoming CEO at Eskom, prompting backlash from both public and political figures.

Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has come out in defence of the new executive, adamant that the decision was made in the interest of stabilising the state-owned entity.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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