Not a single Western Cape municipality is in arrears with Eskom

Not a single Western Cape municipality is in arrears with Eskom

- While the Free State and Soweto have been in the spotlight over the billions owed to Eskom, one province has stood out for a different reason

- The Western Cape doesn't owe the cash-strapped power utility a single cent

- With the plug being pulled on some of the nation's biggest defaulters, management has been blamed for the situation

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MEC Anton Bredell has revealed that not one Western Cape municipality is in arrears with Eskom.

Cape Talk reports that all 30 of the region's municipalities are up to date, with only one municipality entering into a payment arrangement.

The Kannaland municipality, situated along the Garden Route, has adhered to its agreements and is therefore not considered a defaulter.

The biggest defaulters, as far as municipalities are concerned, owe Eskom R7.5 billion with the figure growing every year.

READ ALSO: Soweto residents owe Eskom over R18 billion in electricity bills

James Brent-Styan, author of Blackout: The Eskom Crisis, says that management is the issue at hand:

"I stand to be corrected, but I think 10 years ago municipalities owed Eskom R5 billion and that number now is about R25 billion. It's getting exponentially worse, but the opposite is true un the Western Cape."

Briefly.co.za reported that Soweto and the Free State are both facing having the lights turned off after allowing arrears to run into the billions.

Homes in Soweto have already been disconnected, with a court order attempting to have power reinstated.

Eskom recently announced that it would be clamping down on illegal connections in the region, which is expected to take 60% of the houses off the grid.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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