Municipalities now owe Eskom a hefty R63.2bn, up R4.7bn on a year ago. Electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says this is eroding Eskom’s bottom line and reducing the power utility’s ability to invest in the infrastructure needed to solve the electricity crisis.

Addressing the media on Sunday, Ramokgopa said that due to poor maintenance of distribution infrastructure owned by Eskom and municipalities that connects homes and businesses to the grid, electricity users experience long power cuts outside load-shedding...

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