Posts tagged as Municipality

The advantages of corporate power producer agreements

Baker McKenzie, a specialist global law firm based in Johannesburg, hosted a seminar recently which considered the benefits of corporate power producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. Principal benefits for corporates include protection from load-shedding, the ever-increasing tariffs, unreliable electricity supply, compliance to clean energy and low emission targets, and […]

Overcoming a culture of non-payment

A culture of non-payment for electrical services by community members is prevalent in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his recent State of the Nation address, said that this unwillingness to pay for services – which extends beyond electrical services – was a serious problem which the government will have to address urgently. Eskom’s chief […]

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which are prevalent in the energy […]

Smart metering system powers up customers

Voltex’s Invirotel smart metering management system uses Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to provide a simple and affordable energy metering solution. AMI integrates smart meters, communication networks and data management systems for two-way communication between utilities and customers. The meters, either single or three phase, can operate in either pre- or post-paid modes and use existing […]

Interruption of power to municipalities suspended

  Eskom has suspended the planned interruption of bulk power supply to Msukaligwa and eMalahleni local municipalities after reaching agreements for the settlements of their arrears debt. Msukaligwa has provided the required council resolution to support the agreement and the resolution from eMalahleni is expected shortly. The power utility says it will continue to work […]

Companies secure Eskom’s vow to not cut electricity

  Eight companies with extensive industrial operations which need uninterrupted power supply filed an urgent court application to stop Eskom from cutting the electricity of the Madibeng municipality in North West province, Netwerk24 reported recently. The court bid in the Pretoria High Court gave rise to Eskom agreeing to not cutting electricity to the municipality at […]

Is cutting power really the best solution to non-payment of electricity?

  Eskom has announced that it will start disconnecting power from 52 towns in 16 local municipalities across four provinces from today. This follows a recent North Gauteng High Court ruling which rejected AfriForum’s appeal to prevent the power utility from taking this action. In a statement on Eskom’s website today, the power utility identifies […]

Eskom can turn the lights off, court rules

  Eskom may cut off power supply to eight municipalities as a means to recover outstanding debt, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Thursday. Judge Hans Fabricius made the ruling on an urgent matter submitted by civil rights group AfriForum, which sought to stop Eskom from cutting power. The application by AfriForum was dismissed with […]