CentralSAFree State cultural centre in the dark
─── TSHEHLA KOTELI 12:41 Wed, 22 Jun 2022
The Mmabana Cultural Centre at Thaba Nchu in the Free State has allegedly been without electricity for nearly a month.
A close source to OFM News alleges that no communication has been made available to employees of the centre, nor to parents of children at the crèche, about when the issue will be resolved. It is, however, alleged that parents were informed by the centre that Mangaung’s power utility, Centlec, has disconnected the electricity.
OFM News previously reported that Centlec will again attempt to disconnect the power supply of customers that have defaulted on paying for their services. OFM News has sent an enquiry to Centlec and the provincial Department of Sports, Art, Culture and Recreation.
OFM News previously reported that the National Afrikaans Literary Museum and Research Centre (NALN) in Bloemfontein was left without electricity for days. The Public Service Association in the Free State’s Lynsie Pelser said NALN has had no electricity for more than a week. Pelser also stated it seems there is no rush in turning the lights back on. Both the Free State Departments of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, and Public Works and Infrastructure have stated they are in no position to provide comment on the issue.
Centlec’s first journey of attempting to disconnect the power supply of customers that have defaulted on paying for their services ended in an agreement between them and the Provincial Government – which detailed the government will pay R90 million monthly with the aim to settle their debt that was in excess of R200 million at the time.