Eskom ramps up municipal debt collection efforts

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the total amount owed by the Emfuleni Municipality is R2.3 billion.
Debt-riddled power utility Eskom says it is ramping up collection efforts and has warned that any municipality that fails to pay its debt will face the seizure of its assets.

On Tuesday the Sheriff of the Court raided the Emfuleni Municipality in Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal, removing municipal property to enforce a judgment for the non-payment of the R615 million debt owed to Eskom.

Last year Eskom said the municipal debt owed to it had ballooned to nearly R20 billion by October 2019.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the total amount owed by the Emfuleni Municipality is R2.3 billion.

He says: “The total debt is R2.3 billion as things stand. We have been making attempts to obtain payments unsuccessfully.”

“We have been issuing statements about limiting power supply to certain municipalities and then about entering into repayment plans with those municipalities. Those that do fail to keep their promises in terms of the agreement we make about catching up on their debt, we are going to go through the same process. We are ramping up the collection effort.”