With the current energy crisis in South Africa, energy regulator Eskom has been hard at work in a bid to reverse damage caused by years of maladministration. In the past few years, the company has stepped up efforts to target non-conforming citizens and to recoup billions of rands owed by numerous municipalities across the nation.
One of the methods imposed in recent years is the introduction of Smart Prepaid Meters.
With a roll-out of an estimated 30 000 in Soweto, the company has been working hard to try to settle Soweto’s R4billion debt.
Eskom is currently rolling out its smart prepayment programme in Sandton and Midrand. An estimated 32 000 meters are to be installed in these areas by the end of March 2017.
The parastatal has assured customers that this will be at no extra cost.
Why is Eskom introducing Smart Prepaid Meters in Midrand and Sandton?
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has said that converting to prepaid meters was a cheaper way of providing electricity.
The company aims to help in reducing electricity theft and power outages through the introduction of the smart prepaid meters. Customers are also able to monitor their consumption accurately.
For a number or years Johannesburg residents have been complaining about faulty meter readings and the controversial estimations method that has been used. With the installation of the smart prepaid meters in Midrand and Sandton, Eskom aims to eliminate meter estimations.
Phasiwe has also said that Eskom would contact their customers before sending technicians in order to avoid any criminal elements taking advantage of the situation to gain access to homes illegally.
Eskom will also assist and educate community members about how to use the new Smart Prepaid Meters installed in Midrand and Sandton.
To contact Eskom, call: 086 003 7566
Visit their website here: www.eskom.co.za