Soweto residents are beginning to repay among the debt owed to Eskom, which is sitting at R12.9 billion.
Final yr, Eskom officers stated that residents had been R18 billion in arrears, which included the accumulative curiosity.
Soweto’s debt has been a significant headache for the ability utility. Sooner or later final yr, it accounted for nearly half of the overall native municipal debt owed to Eskom.
Eskom’s senior supervisor for buyer providers in Gauteng, Daphne Mokwena, advised Eyewitness Information that Soweto residents owed Eskom R7.eight billion for electrical energy already offered to the world, which excluded the R5 billion curiosity that’s collected for non-payment.
In an effort to get extra residents to pay their payments, Eskom is changing households to pay as you go electrical energy meters.
Mokwena stated that almost 66,000 pay as you go meters had been put in.
“This yr we nonetheless have to convert about 17,500 meters to pay as you go. The remaining installations of about 52,000 can be finished within the subsequent two years,” she stated.
Many residents can’t afford to pay their electrical energy payments and had resorted to unlawful connections.
In current months, Eskom took an unprecedented strategy to cease the injury to its infrastructure brought on by unlawful connections and bypasses by implementing so-called “load discount” in Gauteng townships.
On Monday morning, the ability utility that stated it had applied load discount in Katlehong and Vosloorus on the East Rand.