Following the dispute over unpaid electricity bills, City Power stopped power cuts at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, which reportedly owes over R40 million. Per IOL, the decision came after a meeting between municipal and provincial government leaders resolved to maintain the electricity supply while addressing the billing disagreements.
City Power CEO Tshifularo Mashava called off the disconnection of services at various hospitals, including Charlotte Maxeke, to facilitate discussions between the City and provincial government. The Gauteng Department of Health has contested some of the amounts owed, initiating a disagreement over interest charges at several provincial hospitals.
Spokesperson Isaac Mangena revealed that Charlotte Maxeke Hospital and South Rand Hospital were scheduled for power cuts this week due to outstanding debts of R40 million and R3 million, respectively. He emphasised that disconnections were a last resort for City Power, given its financial challenges, with hopes for resolution after the intervention by Co-operative Governance MEC Mr Mzi Khumalo and Finance MEC Mr Jacob Mamabolo.
City Power, facing over R10 billion in unpaid electricity bills from various entities, has actively pursued revenue collection. The recent halt in power cuts is part of ongoing efforts to address outstanding amounts while maintaining essential services.
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