Govan Mbeki electricity account continues to climb as Premier makes another empty promise

By: Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Premier Candidate

Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtshweni has yet to deliver on her promise to the residents of Govan Mbeki Municipality that their electricity account would be given back to Eskom as the municipality has failed to manage it effectively.

In June this year, residents of Secunda and Embalenhle Township protested against the municipality’s failure to pay the R684 million Eskom bill which had led to numerous electricity interruptions. It is then that Premier Mtshweni made a promise to the people that she knew she was not going to fulfil.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Govan Mbeki municipality recently tabled a motion in council calling on the following;

  • Public participation ensues in order to properly inform the community on what the process regarding the licence handover entails, including prospected timelines and financial implications on their own pockets as well as the financial status of the municipality;
  • That such public participation meetings be scheduled by taking into consideration working hours of residents, in an effort to maximize attendance; and
  • That the process of handing over electricity to Eskom is concluded by the end of this year (31 December 2018).

The motion went unchallenged meaning that by now, public participation on this matter should have started if the process is to be completed by the end of this year. Since Premier Mtshweni’s promise, an ad hoc committee has been established but nothing else has happened.

Premier Mtshweni continues to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, David Mabuza, by making promises that she has no visible intention to fulfil. Even during her tenure as cooperative governance MEC, Refilwe Mtshweni did little to stabilise local government and help to bring the Eskom accounts of defaulting municipalities under control.

The people of Govan Mbeki Municipality deserve a caring DA-led government that will speed up service delivery and ensure that the lights stay on in this municipality.


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