Resident of Ermelo have had enough with continued power reductions, lack of communication and poor service delivery from Msukaligwa Municipality.
Up in arms-members of the community began talking about arranging a protest against the municipality, but decided that they will achieve more by spending their time finding solutions to the problems rather than by protesting.
During a community meeting held at Ermelo High School’s Auditorium, Ms Janice Conradie, said: “We soon realised that none of us were specialists and there was no quick fix to the huge problem we are facing every day.”
She said during the meeting that they contacted the attorney who handles the case of the Lekwa Ratepayers Association, Mr Andreas Peens.
He advised them to get a new business and community forum up and running.
Msukaligwa Business & Community Forum (MB&CF) launched their steering committee on 7 October at the Ermelo Inn.
Soon after, the legal team submitted a two-part application to Eskom, MLM, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), the Premier of Mpumalanga, and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.
This application, which is currently pending in the North Gauteng High Court, will serve to prohibit Eskom from implementing the notified maximum demand (NMD).
Residents and business owners who meanwhile want to contribute to the legal costs can do so by making a deposit into the trust account of the MBCF lawyer, Andreas Peens.
The bank account details are as follows:
Andreas Peens Attorneys,
ABSA Current Account,
409 642 0347,
branch code 632005.
Residents who make contributions should use the AP792MBCF reference with the deposit.
Businesses and residents can join the MB&CF at a fee of R300 per year for a household and R1200 per year for a business.
If anyone want to assist or get involved can contact Ms Conradie at 072 401 1449.
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