Fi­nal call to come for­ward about me­ters

The Star Early Edition - - METROWATCH -

TO­DAY is the fi­nal dead­line for res­i­dents with tam­pered City Power elec­tric­ity me­ters to reg­is­ter their me­ters and have them nor­malised by tech­ni­cians free of charge. Regis­tra­tion can be done at City Power’s head of­fice, 40 Heron­mere Road, Booy­sens.

There are about 960 000 ap­proved res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in Joburg, and de­spite Eskom sup­ply­ing elec­tric­ity to Orange Farm, most parts of Soweto, Sand­ton and ar­eas in Re­gion A, City Power is billing only 380 000 house­holds for elec­tric­ity.

“If we wish to keep the city’s lights on, up­grade in­fra­struc­ture and elec­trify more in­for­mal set­tle­ments, the non-pay­ment for ser­vices due to bridged me­ters and il­le­gal con­nec­tions must be­come a thing of the past.

“Fur­ther to this, il­le­gal con­nec­tions and bridged me­ters are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and can re­sult in se­ri­ous in­jury, or in worst-case sce­nar­ios, death. Il­le­gal con­nec­tions also im­pact on the lives of res­i­dents who are pay­ing for ser­vices, as they over­load our sys­tem and re­sult in power surges and lengthy out­ages,” said Nico de Jager, the mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices de­part­ment.

“Tam­per­ing with the city’s in­fra­struc­ture and van­dal­is­ing city prop­erty costs mil­lions of rand each year which could have oth­er­wise been used to en­hance and ex­pand ser­vices,” he added.

“Com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns on the long-term ben­e­fits of pay­ing for ser­vices will also be on­go­ing,” he said

“I urge all res­i­dents to be ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­bers and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the Joburg metro po­lice de­part­ment on 011 375 5911 or SAPS on 10111, with­out con­fronting sus­pects, and to keep in mind that if they know­ingly re­ceive mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices for which they are not pay­ing, they are guilty of an of­fence,” he said.

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