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Eskom Considers Cutting Power to Indebted South African Capital

A worker looks at his mobile phone while using a rechargeable LED lantern to illuminate inside a pharmacy at the Sinnoville Centre after its electricity supply was cut off by the City of Tshwane municipality in Pretoria, South Africa, in February.

A worker looks at his mobile phone while using a rechargeable LED lantern to illuminate inside a pharmacy at the Sinnoville Centre after its electricity supply was cut off by the City of Tshwane municipality in Pretoria, South Africa, in February.

Photographer: Phill Magokoe/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom is considering disconnecting the City of Tshwane, which includes the nation’s capital, Pretoria, due to the municipality failing to pay its outstanding debt.

Tshwane breached the electricity supply agreement it has with Eskom by failing to pay 1.6 billion rand ($93.7 million), which was due and payable on Aug. 17, the utility said in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.