SA’s largest poultry producer, Astral Foods, has won an interdict against Eskom to prevent it from cutting the electricity supply to the defaulting Rand West local municipality, dealing a blow to the cash-strapped utility that is owed R26.4bn by local authorities.

This raises questions about Eskom’s ability to reduce municipal debt that has worsened the utility’s financial woes. Eskom, which supplies about 95% of SA’s electricity, has total debt of R450bn.  ..

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