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Payment of R23-million by the embattled Modimolle-Mookgophong municipality has brought about renewed hope to communities facing the prospect of power cuts.
Mayor Marlene van Staden has confirmed on Facebook that the amount was paid to Eskom, automatically warding off power cut threats over the Easter Weekend.
In recent weeks Eskom threatened to pull the plug on Modimolle, Mookgophong and Vaalwater, over “escalating municipal debt.”
The bulk power supplier had threatened to interrupt power supplies with effect from Saturday, 31 March.
Households and businesses were sent scurrying around for alternative resources such as gas stoves, following the threat by Eskom to put the squeeze on the three towns.
Eskom said the decision was taken after a “careful consideration of the overall impact of the escalating municipal debt.”
Interruptions were scheduled to take place over various phases on a given day and/or weekend.
At the time of the threats, Van Staden had said she was aware of the devastating impact the power interruptions would have on local businesses and residents, and was working relentlessly to avoid it at all costs.
She had also expressed concern that the interruptions were scheduled to start at the beginning of the Easter Weekend and school holidays.
In the background emergent business outlets expressed fears on how the power cuts would affect their operations.
29 days ago 28 March 2018