MAP to sign DAA with Eskom

MAP to sign DAA with Eskom

South Africa’s Deputy President H.E Paul Mashatile will today, alongside the Free State Premier Mr Mxolisi Dukwana facilitate and lead the signing ceremony of the Distribution Agency Agreement (DAA) between Maluti-A-Phofung (MAP) Local Municipality and Eskom.

The deal will relieve the municipality from a number of challenges and even improve its revenue. MAP has been under the spotlight for service delivery issues including pro-longed power cuts which in turn affected the economy of the municipality.

Speaking to The Business Weekly in February, the Spokesperson for MAP Thabo Kessah said the power supply challenges result from a number of reasons, including aging infrastructure, theft of cables and transformers, vandalism of critical infrastructure, torrential rains that damage poles and lines as well as demand that exceeds the supply due to illegal connections.

Kessah said the DAA deal with Eskom will address and rid the municipality of these challenges. He said power cuts affected 32 villages that are supplied by one substation that will now be under Eskom’s maintenance and will hopefully minimise the challenges.

“This agreement would not have been possible without the collective commitment and determination of all parties involved in working with the province, including the Office of the Deputy President, National CoGTA, SALGA, Labour Unions, and others.

As we celebrate 30 years of democracy, partnership and growth, we reflect on the progress we have made in building a democratic and prosperous society. The signing of this Distribution Agency Agreement is testament to the efforts made by all stakeholders to address the challenges facing the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality.

We are committed to continue working together with all relevant stakeholders, to ensure that our people have access to basic services and opportunities for economic growth and development,” said Premier Mxolisi Dukwana.

The ceremony will take place in Qwa-qwa at the Bluegumbosch Multi-purpose Centre at 10am.

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