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KZN COGTA AND ESKOM CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE IN AN EFFORT TO AVERT PENDING POWER INTERRUPTION AT MPOFANA MUNICIPALITY

KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), under the directive of MEC Sipho Hlomuka, has today met with Eskom in an attempt to avert an electricity interruption at Mpofana local municipality.

The meeting follows Eskom’s publishing of a notice of intent to interrupt electricity supply to Mpofana daily beginning from Monday 8 July 2019 at 6am. This is due to the municipality’s overdue debt to the power utility.

Cogta together with the Eskom delegation are still engaged in intense discussions to prevent the interruption in Mpofana municipality.  Whilst there appears to be no immediate solution as yet, both parties are optimistic that a breakthrough may still be found.

The parties will continue negotiating throughout the weekend keeping in mind that Eskom has set the deadline of Monday 8 July 2019 at 6am to effect the interruption.

Cogta has appealed to all Mpofana residents, businesses and farmers who owe the municipality for services to make immediate payments to prevent the interruption.

Should an agreement acceptable to both parties be reached over the coming weekend, further communication will be issued to keep the public informed.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, lennox.mabaso@kzncogta.gov.za, 082 884 2403, and Eskom Communications and Stakeholder Manager, Joyce Zingoni, zingoni@eskom.co.za, 084 556 5778

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