City of Joburg threatens legal action against Eskom

City of Joburg Mayor Mpho Moerane has slammed Eskom’s sudden determination to implement stage two load-shedding, which he described as “an unwarranted decision that cannot be left unchallenged.” Moerane is now threatening to take legal action against the utility over the brand new spherical of energy cuts.

Eskom introduced its newest bout of load-shedding on Saturday night, 23 October 2021, attributing the choice to breakdowns, quite a few journeys at varied energy stations, in addition to delays in returning items to service. The utility says this prompted it to rely closely on emergency technology reserves, which are actually at very low ranges.

The load-shedding began at 21:00 and can proceed till Monday morning at 05:00. For now, there is no such thing as a phrase on whether or not it’d proceed with the ability cuts past that interval.

Mpho Moerane weapons for Eskom over load-shedding

Well, Mpho Moerane will not be taking the matter mendacity down, significantly after the City of Joburg signed a milestone energy buy settlement with the privately-owned Kelvin Power Station, in a bid to avert load-shedding. The two-year deal means an extra 100MW (megawatts) from 80MW to households and companies, bringing the whole to 180MW.

“When the City first reached out to Eskom to indicate our additional supply capacity, we were asked for proof in this regard, which we accordingly presented. However, the City never heard from Eskom thereafter until the announcement of the latest scheduled load shedding from this evening to Monday morning,” Moerane mentioned. 

“If how Eskom treats the City is anything to go by, then it is understandable why Johannesburg residents have so many complaints about the national utility’s customer service. Therefore, the City is now prepared to go the legal route to halt Eskom’s blanket heavy-handedness against the people of Johannesburg, especially those whose Eskom accounts are up to date.” 

City of Joburg Mayor Mpho Moerane

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