City Power, the power utility in Johannesburg, has disconnected the electricity supply to the Apartheid Museum and other business centres due to outstanding debts, according to a report by Eyewitness News. City Power has stated that businesses across Johannesburg have unpaid municipal bills amounting to R8.9 billion so far.
The targeted businesses were given pre-disconnection notices, which were ignored.
The Apartheid Museum was cut off after it was found to owe City Power R1.8 million.
On Tuesday, City Power resumed its cut-off operations to address the culture of non-payment by some service businesses.
The operation aims to recover at least R40 million in outstanding debt, which will help in repairing and maintaining City Power’s ailing infrastructure through repairs, cable replacement, and maintenance.
Recurring cable theft and substation vandalism have made it too costly for the power utility to keep up with repairs. Last week, some Johannesburg residents marched to their City Power depots to demand the restoration of their power after being left without electricity for several days.
Reports state that the affected businesses have been warned that they will remain without power until they settle their debts. City Power has called on all its clients to settle their bills promptly to avoid disconnection.