Eskom ordered to refund consumer R1.5million for fictitious invoicing


Honorary Master
Jul 11, 2005
Africa (NERSA) has ruled against Eskom's fictitious invoicing for a small mining company.

This comes after Eskom's management incorrectly blamed the customer for meter tampering and meter failure, as their meter readings were lower than the utility's estimated readings.

Eskom decided to declare the company's meter as faulty without informing them. The utility replaced their device while adjusting the mine's bill upwards by more than R1.5m.

Energy Expert Coalition's Ted Blom, recently represented this mining company which, as a result of a downturn in the market, has been forced to significantly cut production and subsequently electricity consumption.

The mine, in a desperate situation because of plummeting sales, contacted Blom who within two arbitration meetings, rubbished Eskom’s claims by proving that their billing was fictitious, and an amount of over R1.5m should be refunded.



Expert Member
Aug 7, 2012
Got to do whatever it takes to fund those incompetent Eksdom managers "performance" bonuses.
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Expert Member
Jul 22, 2012
While I appreciate the fact that Eskom can be held accountable, I can't help wonder why this kind of thing doesn't happen when they rip off an ordinary consumer and not a company (business consumer)?


Honorary Master
Feb 7, 2004
“We are going to see some good things coming out of Eskom, that I promise you.” Cyril Ramaphosa, 11 June 2015


Executive Member
Aug 12, 2010
"Eskom ordered to refund consumer R1.5million for fictitious invoicing"

Kinda' makes me wonder how many times they've done this and gotten away with it :unsure:


Feb 6, 2004
I look at this picture and think to myself ..... birds of a feather flock together.
How can we trust Ramaphosa, he is cut from the same cloth. We can't see into his head, despite there being ongoing investigations into corruption, the Chief of that corruption sits right there and nothing is happening to him, business as usual I say, the investigation itself just to appease the public.

Are you prepared to put your faith and hopes in that man. Put it another way, if Ramaphosa was a share on the JSE would you invest your entire life savings into that 1 share ..... I think not.

We need reassurances, facts, direction, firm policies, less promises, less silent diplomacy, less taxation, less Government intervention, more Ubuntu and forgiveness, less BEE/AA, better education, better health programs, less social welfare, more entrepreneurial initiatives, less socialism, more capitalism and most importantly a leader with balls to do all this and open his mouth and say things where it is needed and on the fly.
This constant Mbeki style silent diplomacy in Africa literally means ..... I am not sure what to do, if I keep my mouth shut, the problem will go away.

While some hate Trump and others love him, I can give him one credit, he knows how to use Social Media.
For instance Trump posts his views on Twitter and BANG in one millisecond people know whats on his mind, looong before the media gets to question him or even distort what he actually said.

We live in an age where information is on your fingertips, people are demanding to be kept in the loop.
A Government that cannot keep abreast of what is going on and in turn publishing intent and firm policies daily is certainly a Government set to fail.

Eskom is a failure of Government policies and mismanagement that costs everyone daily in exorbitant rates and fees. They are literally bleeding South Africa dry and getting away with it.