Eskom cuts off Soweto areas for non-payment – Residents retaliate

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Eskom cuts off Soweto areas for non-payment – Residents retaliate

Eskom recently disconnected various areas in Soweto because of non-payment, which include Mapetla, Rockville, White City, Central Western Jabavu, and Dlamini.

These disconnections form part of a drive by Eskom to cut power to households which fail to pay their electricity bills or that have illegal connections.

There is widespread non-payment for electricity in Soweto which has seen the area’s debt to Eskom increase from R3.6 billion in 2014 to its current level of around R18 billion.
 

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There is widespread non-payment for electricity in Soweto which has seen the area’s debt to Eskom increase from R3.6 billion in 2014 to its current level of around R18 billion.
Based on what figures? The amounts make it sound like there were suddenly five times as many freeloaders but one has to take into account that Eskom has probably hiked prices five times as well in this period :D
 

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The government is unlikely to win a fight against Soweto, if they even have an appetite for it.
 

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Based on what figures? The amounts make it sound like there were suddenly five times as many freeloaders but one has to take into account that Eskom has probably hiked prices five times as well in this period :D
And they charge loan shark rates in interest on outstanding balances.
 

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At this stage it would be easier to just disconnect the HV lines feeding troubled areas of Soweto and call it a day.

It would suck for the genuine people who stay there and are diligent with their monthly payment, however
 

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May need to take a few Ratels as well.
Great idea! Then they can entice the users to switch to backup power for when LS hits.


:ROFL:
 

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whoever agreed with the residents to 'pay a flat rate of R33' for unlimited electricity should come and answer to them
and then also explain why the rest of us cant get the same deal. most of us have to pay for what we use or go without electric services
 

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March in there with the cops and arrest the home owners & residents where an illegal connection is found.
Having the municipality and cops break the law will only add to the breakdown. An arrest would require an individual court-approved warrant where the cops would have to satisfy the magistrate that they have a) good grounds for suspecting the named individual as the illegal connector, b) the person is in danger of fleeing.
 

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He added that Soweto residents signed an accord in 1992 that households will pay a flat rate of R33.80 for power.
Did I just wake up on a different planet ?
 

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Force them to get prepaid meters. If it's R33.80 for unlimited electricity I'm gonna make friends with a few residents and run an entire Bitcoin mining farm from Soweto (Biggest bargain in history)
Not possible, the installers get attacked by mobs when they try to install the meters.
 
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