The Citizen (KZN)

Recode prepaid meters

- Kyle Zeeman

It may be a gloomy end of the year for thousands of Johannesbu­rg residents who buy prepaid electricit­y if they do not convert or recode their meters.

The current standard transfer specificat­ion-compliant prepaid electricit­y meters will stop providing electricit­y in November 2024, when the current codes used for the systems will expire.

The City of Joburg‘s City Power has been working on the conversion of meters in its areas, but admitted to struggling this week, having only converted about 38 474 (13.5%) of the 283 966 meters registered.

It has been running conversion­s and auditing at the same time and said it had by Wednesday fully audited less than a third of the meters, 84 998 or 29.9%.

There are only months left to convert all meters.

It said among the hurdles it faced were residents not opening their homes to City Power workers.

It has therefore introduced a do-it-yourself meter recoding initiative to make sure people are not left in the dark.

From Monday, the utility will allow people to convert their meters to the new system.

“A schedule with specific dates on which a suburb can convert to the new system will be shared through all the City Power platforms.

“Technician­s will be on standby to assist those who might encounter some challenges when recoding their meters.”

When areas are active, people will receive three token codes when they make their next electricit­y purchase.

If an area is active, from Monday load units already bought, because once the meter has been converted these tokens will not be accepted.

Recoding: step by step

Once City Power announces an area is active for conversion:

Key in the first 20 digits of the recode token and wait for it to be accepted.

Key in the second 20 digits of the recode token and wait for it to be accepted.

Key in the 20 digits of the purchased token to recharge the meter.

A schedule with dates on which a suburb can convert to the new system will be shared.

City Power

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