Aug 21

South African municipalities’ unpaid dues to Eskom rise to $3.3 bln

The amount of unpaid dues that South African municipalities owe debt-laden power company Eskom has risen to more than 63.2 billion rand and is increasing exponentially. This is risking even longer power cuts around the country, the electricity minister said on Sunday. News24 reports that the figure had risen by 4.7 billion rand since the start of this year. Municipalities in South Africa don’t have the funds, forcing them to cut back on maintenance and replacement of assets such as transformers and substations, leading to communities going without power for weeks.