Eskom is sticking to its guns as far as cutting power in Soweto is concerned. The cash-strapped entity is adamant that residents who fail to pay will have their electricity shut off.
Eskom simply cannot continue footing the bill as far as non-paying Soweto residents are concerned.
With R18.2 billion still owed to the financially embattled state-owned entity, Eskom's Daphne Mokwena says:
"Unfortunately, we cannot go on. where we just watch where the residents are just consuming without us collecting the revenue and hence that is why we needed to implement our credit management strategies."
Briefly.co.za reported that the power utility had begun cutting off non-payers, with thousands of households set to be affected by the motion.
In addition to this, prepaid meters are being installed in a bid to give consumers the power to manage their usage:
"We are saying that if customers are on prepaid then you can actually manage what you are consuming, as per your affordability but unfortunately most customers in Soweto are resisting this."
Some residents, according to Mokwena, persist in tampering with meters, choosing to purchase electricity from 'ghost vendors', reports eNCA.
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