Off the grid - Cancel Eskom - How to ?

HunterNW

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When going off grid, can you cancel eskom service in total ? Meaning, no service fees, nothing ?
 

lsheed_cn

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Depending on your muni, may be impossible, as they'll still ding you for provision of service.

Eg I pay for rubbish collection on my plot even though I don't use it.
Can't not pay.
 

MDE

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CoCT still charges a service fee which is recalculated when you next recharge. I.e. it adds up over time.
 

Athos

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nothing on my prepaid.
i still get a municipal bill which is rates and taxes and some other stuff.
But nothing linked to electricity at all
Ok nice. I need to move to prepaid then, my COJ fees are like R530 a month currently which is just ridiculous.
 

Chuckmyster

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Ok nice. I need to move to prepaid then, my COJ fees are like R530 a month currently which is just ridiculous.
:oops::oops::oops: Yikes
I pay R250 a month in rates & taxes and thats it on my municipal bill.
live in a complex so my levies must be added, about R800 a month then that includes, water, rubbish, building insurance, security and outside maintenance of building etc
 

Athos

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:oops::oops::oops: Yikes
I pay R250 a month in rates & taxes and thats it on my municipal bill.
live in a complex so my levies must be added, about R800 a month then that includes, water, rubbish, building insurance, security and outside maintenance of building etc
I pay just over R3000 a month for Rates and Taxes (including connection fees etc.). So that is 3 grand before I use 1 drop of water or 1 watt of electricity.

So if I can get rid of the R530 electricity connection fees that will be a win.
 

Chuckmyster

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awesome, I assume it is a long drawn out process to change to prepaid :crying:
i was forced to 2 yrs ago by the municipality in Somerset West.
The entire Cape Town was changing everyone over for free in certain months. My month was September 2017.
So i grabbed the opportunity to do it, installation is about 2hrs and all done quick n easy.

Had i not done it then then you have to pay for it. Not sure how much but i remember it was just under 2 grand when i asked them
 

Chuckmyster

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just found the email, R1157.90 for installation of a pre paid meter, dated 3rd October 2017
I was 1 month late but they slid my application through as i was very very nice to them in my email correspondence :)
 

RedViking

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Is there a connection penalty if your prepaid meter has zero units on?
 

Chuckmyster

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CoCT still charges a service fee which is recalculated when you next recharge. I.e. it adds up over time.
yup i think you are right there as i am currently paying R2.10 per kilowatt.
Very expensive but luckily i only use 160 units a month
 

Chuckmyster

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Is there a connection penalty if your prepaid meter has zero units on?
nope, people run out often and then just top it up again when they get the chance.
My ex ran out often and when i reloaded for her it all appeared legit and stuff, no penalties
 

MightyQuin

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nothing on my prepaid.
i still get a municipal bill which is rates and taxes and some other stuff.
But nothing linked to electricity at all
Hu?

I've been paying R150 per month for a while now.

Same as the Water Connection fee every month.

Or are you talking about something else?
 

deweyzeph

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In Cape Town there is definitely a connection fee per month on prepaid no matter whether you use it or not. It started a few months ago.
 
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