Not many residents realise how close AbaQulusi was to Eskom enforcing a complete blackout in the area.
Yesterday, we learned from municipal manager, Bonga Ntanzi, that today (February 1) was AbaQulusi’s ‘Day Zero’.
If Eskom and AbaQulusi had not reached an agreement regarding the payment of its outstanding electricity account by today, power to AbaQulusi would have been disconnected… Businesses would have been unable to operate, the hospital would have been in a crisis, families would have been reduced to cold dinners and candlelight and Vryheid could have become a looter’s paradise as security systems failed.
Within, literally, just hours of this stark scenario becoming reality, AbaQulusi mayor, Cllr Jerry Sibiya, and municipal manager, Bonga Ntanzi, finally convinced Eskom employees to allow them to pay off the municipality’s debt over 12-months.
But… should AbaQulusi default on even a single payment, it will be lights off for everyone in the community.
As a resident of AbaQulusi, are you angry? Are you wondering, “How on earth did things come this?” Do you want to know who is to blame? Are you wondering if you will have electricity in the future?
In the exclusive video interview with the Vryheid Herald below, Mr Ntanzi offers the naked truth about how AbaQulusi came to be at loggerheads with Eskom, why the negotiations were as heated as they were and he gives insight into what could happen in the future.