Media Statements (6)
Thaba Chweu Local Municipality had a joint meeting with the Office of the Premier, COGTA, Provincial Treasury and Eskom to engage robustly on the ongoing power interruption; however the discussions did not yield any positive results as the power utility maintains its stance on load-shedding the municipality. The above outcome affects all Mpumalanga municipalities that owes Eskom.
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The municipality of Thaba Chweu is continuously servicing the Eskom debt through its financial means. As a result Eskom reduced two (2) hours per day in Mashishing, Lydenburg and Sabie.
The municipality can state categorically that no private business came forward to pay any amount of money to Eskom. We have noticed with disdain the continuous rumours by faceless persons that certain private businesses have contributed or donated monies towards the settlement of Eskom debts that resulted in the reduction of two (2) hours load shedding to the current six (6) hours. We unequivocally distancing ourselves from this baseless and misleading rumours.
We further denounce the usage of Eskom debt for cheap political scores. We urge both households and private business to service their monthly accounts and refrain from illegal connections.
The municipality will however appreciate any assistance that will come forward to settle Eskom debt, particularly local business community.
To our community members and consumers who are affected negatively by the power interruption, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continuously engaging Eskom regarding a new payment plan to alleviate the electricity cut-off.
For more information please contact Manager Communications, Mr. Puleng Mapheto on 013 235 7301 during office hours
The municipality is working very hard in resolving all the basic infrastructural challenges being experienced by its ratepayers, i.e. electricity, water, sanitation and roads.
Below are infrastructural projects that have been undertaken by the municipality and the status quo:
- Lydenburg bulk water supply line from Dam to WTW (project to assist greatly in alleviation of water shortages in Lydenburg and surrounding areas) – in progress and expected to be completed soon
- Water provision in Draaikraal – 90% completed
- Refurbishment of roads in all Thaba Chweu Municipal wards – A R20m project has been registered and will be implemented in the 2014/2015 financial year.
- Refurbishment of roads in Draaikraal – 75% completed
- Refurbishment of roads in Coromandel completed
Our electrical network in and around town are integrated differently. Because residential and businesses are separated it is unfortunately unable to separate the two as suggested. Currently Rooidraai substation is up and running and ease the pressure in town. External stakeholders contributed to make sure that the substation is properly working so the town has electricity all the time.
- Fencing of municipal cemeteries – completed
- Electrification in Mashishing and other areas of the municipality – completed
Issued by Communications unit
Mr Puleng Mapheto
Communications and Marketing Manager
Thaba Chweu Local Municipality
013 235 7301
The Thaba Chweu Municipal Council special sitting of the 17 August 2015 has appointed Mr. Lesley Mokwena as a new acting Municipal Manager with immediate effect; he will be acting in this position for the next 3 months.
Mokwena who is a full time CFO in the institution replaces Mr. Surprise Maebela who will revert back to his position as director Corporate Services and Mr. Gareth Mnisi will be acting CFO.
Mr. Mokwena said in a short media briefing on the 18 August 2015 that the priorities of the municipality does not change with him at the helm but rather the focus areas need to be intensified. He highlighted the issue of the Eskom debt as a major hurdled that must be addressed expeditiously, he also touched on the issue of staff placement which has been in courts for a long time, and he said there must be a way to resolve it internally so that it is closed for good.