The municipality is in debt to the tune of R500-million, and can barely sustain itself.
The culprits have been warned to refrain from illegal connections and tampering with electricity supply as this forces the municipality and honest residents to subsidise this stolen electricity.
Transport will be made available for the teams taking part and refreshments and water will be provided.
Dam levels have dropped significantly in Harding.
In the meantime, the municipality is providing water tankers from Port Shepstone to parts of the Harding area.
This follows an attempt to adopt the budget during an earlier council meeting in May, during which the adoption of the budget failed when only 26 out of the 27 councillors were present.
One man said he rents each shack out for R220 a month, or more, depending how big the shack is.
Customers are urged to store enough water and use this sparingly as relief measures will not be available during the shutdown period.
Some have questioned how the Umuziwabantu Municipality could afford this when it could not afford a new fire truck or proper water and sanitation for the town.
Members from the Umzumbe Business Chamber reportedly stormed the municipal offices last Thursday, demanding that top municipal officials be shown the door.
IFP provincial spokesman Phumzile Buthelezi said investigations into the former municipality’s finances were taking too long and questioned the motives behind the delay.