Apart from beleaguered power utility Eskom re-introducing stage one loading shedding on Thursday night, Pietermaritzburg residents whose accounts are in arrears of more than 60 days will face disconnections this weekend. At a full council meeting on Thursday Chief Financial Officer Neli Ngcobo, announced the municipality’s decision to embark on a massive disconnection drive.
Despite the continuing billing chaos Ngcobo said, in regards to compliance of the credit control policy the municipality can’t stop disconnections just because there are queries. Residents who have queries and those wishing to make payment can do so at AS Chetty building this weekend.
Another blow for residents is the new tariff on the cards as energy regulator Nersa granted Eskom R32.69 billion following its regulator Account (RCA) application for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of the Multi Year Price Determination (MYPD) 3 period (2015 – 2017). Eskom has noted the decision and will give a detailed comment once the reasons for decision have been shared by Nersa.
Eskom’s Acting Chief Financial Officer Calib Cassim said, “We made the application guided by the principles embedded in the multi-year price determination (MYPD) methodology in making regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications. We adhered to these principles and in addition, we applied the principles of the Nersa RCA decision on our RCA application for the first year of the MYPD 3 period in 2016. We will be able to fully understand the basis of the decision once we have gone through the reasons for decision.”
Load shedding schedules are available on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or at local municipalities if you are a municipal customer. Eskom customers can also contact the customer call centre on 0860 037 566 (08600 ESKOM). Customers are cautioned to treat all electrical connections as live during this period.
What is stage one load shedding: Stage one load-shedding allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed and it requires the least amount of load shedding, three times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or three times over an eight day period for four hours at a time. The frequency of load shedding increases as higher stages are used