Soweto residents take to streets to protest the high cost of electricity

Soweto residents take to streets to protest the high cost of electricity

The residents of Soweto are fed up with the high cost of electricity in South Africa and have taken to the streets to protest the high rates the Eksoms plans for pre-paid meters.

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Briefly.co.za learned that in an attempt to cut costs, Eskom has cut power to thousands of Soweto residents, claiming that they are not paying for their power or have outstanding balances.

The payment rate in Soweto is between 0% and 30%. Eskom claims that the collective unpaid bill for Eskom currently sits at R18 billion enca.com.

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Eskom has been installing prepaid electricity meters in the township as a way to force electricity users to pay for their usage.

The SOE hopes to install some 26 000 such prepaid meters in the next year.

This has gotten the residents up in arms and demanding lower rates and an end to the plans to implement pre-paid meters.

Earlier this month, Briefly.co.za reported on Eskom's decision to cut power to the area due to the high debt.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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