Soweto residents refuse to pay R18 billion owed to power utility Eskom

Soweto residents refuse to pay R18 billion owed to power utility Eskom

- Soweto residents have rebelled against Eskom's power-cut strategy in efforts to make the residents pay their R18 billion debt

- However, former Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says Soweto residents don't owe Eskom R18 billion

- Despite all the ongoing war between Soweto residents and Eskom, the power utility has promised not to load-shed today

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Soweto residents have take to the streets to protest the Eskom's power supply policy which has seen the township left without power due to it being R18 billion in arrears.

Most parts of Soweto remain illegally connected as the majority of residents have rejected the power utility's efforts to migrate to the prepaid electricity meter project.

The community's debt continues to increase as the country faces difficulty in keeping the lights on. recently reported that Eskom in January implemented a disconnection strategy in Soweto which resulted in thousands of households being disconnected due to non-payment.

In response, residents of Soweto took to the streets in protest, arguing that government had failed to uphold promises made after the dawn of democracy.

The South African reported that the Soweto debt in question was cleared in 2003, according to former Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. learned that Eskom this week had also planned to disconnect power supply at the West Rand Power Distributors but has postponed it.

​"Eskom will not proceed with the intended interruption of supply to the West Rand Power Distributors (Pty) Ltd that was planned to commence on 25 February 2020.
"The final decision notice published on 7 February 2020, to disconnect the bulk electricity supply of West Rand Power Distributors (Pty) Ltd on 25 February 2020, has been postponed to 3 March 2020 or to an alternative date which will be provided by the Pretoria High Court due to a court application from West Rand Power Distributors and others," the utility wrote.

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Some good news for at least for other parts of South Africa, the power utility has announced that there will be no load-shedding today but the system remains vulnerable.

​"Emergency reserves are at adequate levels. Additional generation units have returned to service this morning, increasing the generation capacity and alleviating the need for load-shedding. However, as the system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable, we request customers to continue using electricity sparingly to help curb demand," the power utility wrote in a statement.

Eskom also reminded South Africans that there is a possibility of increased load-shedding over the next 18 months as they are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.

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