Melikhaya Zagagana27 June 2024 | 6:10

COCT calls on Eskom to reconsider decision to close service hubs

This is after the power utility announced its plans to close down its service hubs in some Mother City communities.

COCT calls on Eskom to reconsider decision to close service hubs

FILE: Eskom's Megawatt Park in Johannesburg. Picture: Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says Eskom's decision to close down its service at centres in communities might lead to unrest.

This is after the power utility announced its plans to close down its service hubs in some Mother City communities.

It's expected to permanently close down its community-based centres on Friday.

The entity's staff members have been a target of robberies, with Khayelitsha being one of the notable hotspots.

The metro is calling for Eskom to reconsider its decision.

"We ask for an immediate suspension of Eskom's decision to close service hubs from 28 June 2024. The city has seen a notable increase in Eskom-related complaints to city customer channels and many of our elected public representatives, as well as city staff, end up grappling with those service requests, often having to appease irate communities for Eskom-matters. The city believes the permanent closure of service hubs could not only worsen the situation, but could also lead to public unrest. It is within that context that we ask for an immediate suspension of Eskom's decision to close service hubs from 28 June 2024.," said MMC for Energy, Beverly van Reenen.