Cape Town school's electricity connection cut after failing to pay R39,000 bill

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Cape Town school's electricity connection cut after failing to pay R39,000 bill

A primary school in Delft, Cape Town owed Eskom about R39,000 and has been without electricity since February. The education department is trying to assist the school but this is not the first time it has been bailed out.
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Vergenoegd Primary is a non-fee paying school, which means it is allocated money by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

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Burn the school down like they used to do in the old days. Problem solved.
 
I'm still trying to figure out why an account non-payment makes it onto MyBroadband news... The City did an incorrect water reading on my meter and claimed I owed them R75,000 since Dec 2023 which has been via the Mayor's office and the Ombudsman, but I'd not expect that to make it to MyBroadband as it was an analogue water meter.
 
Will shut down a school but non payment from townships that are anc strongholds get their debts wiped off to the tune of billions. Non payment should be punished, but I'd prefer the school over the anc areas getting a hallpass
 
I'm still trying to figure out why an account non-payment makes it onto MyBroadband news... The City did an incorrect water reading on my meter and claimed I owed them R75,000 since Dec 2023 which has been via the Mayor's office and the Ombudsman, but I'd not expect that to make it to MyBroadband as it was an analogue water meter.
It feels like 99% of news article on MyBroadband is not even Broadband related anymore. :crying:
 
Eskom: "Dit is nou ver genoegd... Tot hier toe en nie verder nie.."
 
I'm still trying to figure out why an account non-payment makes it onto MyBroadband news... The City did an incorrect water reading on my meter and claimed I owed them R75,000 since Dec 2023 which has been via the Mayor's office and the Ombudsman, but I'd not expect that to make it to MyBroadband as it was an analogue water meter.

I assume you mean the City of Cape Town? I always submit my own water meter readings on their Eservices website because the water meter readers are completely useless.
 
Why does this even make news?

You don't pay for a service, you get it cut off.

This is the way.
 
I'm still trying to figure out why an account non-payment makes it onto MyBroadband news... The City did an incorrect water reading on my meter and claimed I owed them R75,000 since Dec 2023 which has been via the Mayor's office and the Ombudsman, but I'd not expect that to make it to MyBroadband as it was an analogue water meter.
It's for attention. With loadshedding and anything electricity related being prime DailyInvestor fodder.
 
Going against the grain here but I don't agree with many of the sentiments here. I don't advocate the defaulting but cutting off a non-fee paying school for a measly R39k?

There are (insert CC N-word) getting away with murder (literally & figuratively speaking) & thats not even going into the massive schitstorm of incompetence that is Eksdom but you cut off a non-fee paying school?

Go after the massive area in Jozi that starts with an S.

We don't know the financials of the school, the circumstances etc
 
This is the right thing to do. But, why does Soweto, which is a middle class suburb, get free electricity? Should you not first go after your big defaulters?
 
This is the right thing to do. But, why does Soweto, which is a middle class suburb, get free electricity? Should you not first go after your big defaulters?
You and I both know a school can't vote, it's a building.
 
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Thats what happens if a school uses the funds meant to pay the electricity bill for something else, and then cry wolf.
 
Considering it's a non-fee school, with the WC government funding it, they should be accommodating with payments plans etc., though I am guessing there is some info missing as to why the bursar's office didn't pay.
Corruption.

There was a case when Helen Zille was the head of the WC Dept of Education. She went to visit a school, walked over the field and climbed through the window and then asked to see the headmaster. R200k that was meant to be used for building a fence and installing burglar bars to protect the school and kids had been swindled off by the headmaster. He got fired.
 
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