Eskom crisis and blackouts will get worse

Bradley Prior

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Eskom crisis and blackouts will get worse

Eskom’s financial crisis and its inability to produce enough electricity to prevent blackouts will get worse after a court ruling which prevents it from cutting power to defaulting municipalities.

Eskom is owed over R20 billion from municipalities which do not pay their electricity bills, but the power utility is now nearly toothless to do anything about it.
 

Lew Skannen

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Eskom is owed over R20 billion from municipalities which do not pay their electricity bills, but the power utility is now nearly toothless to do anything about it.

Well, they did promise free electricity to the masses. In fact, they still do.

Those who had jobs, houses and money are leaving the country in droves. Time to live up to reality and face the facts. Eskom cannot and will not survive this.
 

3WA

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Ring fence the funds paid by a municipality to maintain its distribution infrastructure. Problem solved.
 

Swa

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Well we all know the solution starts with AA and BEE hitting the door.
 

chrisc

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Because they choose not to pay, and no-one is interested to pursue it
 

Sapphiron

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Time to decentralize and break the state monopoly. Anyone should be able to build a power plat and sell directly to municipalities. Turn Eskom into a national transmission company only.
 

lestoran

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Time to decentralize and break the state monopoly. Anyone should be able to build a power plat and sell directly to municipalities. Turn Eskom into a national transmission company only.

Except Eskom's debt is backed by the country, i.e. the few of us that pay tax.

R55,000 per person I think is SA's debt now. If 10% pay tax that mean each tax payer covers the interest on R550,000 in debt.

Wonder how much the inevitable Eskom default will add to that amount.
 

deweyzeph

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Municipalities need to be removed from the energy supply chain. Either Eskom or private energy producers need to be allowed to sell electricity directly to consumers. Obviously in rural areas Eskom already supplies directly to consumers, but this needs to happen to towns and cities too. It is grossly unfair that paying consumers are cutoff from electricity due to the financial mismanagement of their municipalities and the court ruling reflects this.
 
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