DURBAN – ESKOM has signed a three-year active partnership agreement with the Municipality of Msunduzi with the aim of helping the city to rebuild its internal technical and administrative capacities and stimulate revenue collection.
Eskom has been appointed Network Maintenance Services Agent and will assist the Municipality in capacity building and skills transfer.
Eskom group director of distribution Monde Bala said that through these agreements they hope to help rebuild municipal capacity in order to increase the municipality’s ability to meet its constitutional service delivery obligations. services to their communities.
Bala said this active partnership with the municipality will also help Eskom collect revenue from the sale of bulk electricity to municipalities and stop spiraling municipal debt, which stood at over R35.3 billion in the end of March 2021.
“Through these active partnership agreements, we recognize our role in providing sustainable bulk electricity to municipalities and doing all we can to help municipalities meet their obligations to the people of South Africa,” a- he declared.
Bala said the key among these obligations is the requirement of all parties, including municipal customers, to meet their end of the bargain by paying for the services provided and for the electricity provided.
He said that in terms of the agreement with the municipality of Msunduzi, priority will be given to the maintenance and upgrading of the municipality’s distribution network, including the maintenance and upgrading of substations.
“For our services, we will bill the Municipality accordingly and the Municipality will reimburse Eskom for all costs incurred. We are in talks for a possible increase in the scope of the agreement to include account management, billing systems and revenue collection, ”he said. .