City Of Joburg Turns Lights Back On In Dark Soweto

The City of Johannesburg has begun implementing moves to restore electricity supplies to Soweto in areas that were cut off by Eskom due to nonpayment.

Before his untimely passing in a car crash at the weekend the late Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo had hatched a plan to deal with the massive electricity debts Soweto residents have run up over the years.

Many parts of Soweto have been without electricity after Eskom cut them off to enforce payment. Other areas are affected by illegal connections and vandalism of transformer substations.

Matongo had made his plans public saying he was looking at ways of getting the City of Johannesburg to take over the debt owed by Soweto residents to Eskom.

This week the MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Department Mpho Moerane held a meeting with the residents of Soweto to deal with discontinued electricity supplies in the area.

He met residents of Naledi, Chiawelo, Nomzamo Informal Settlement, Thokoza Park, Rockville, and the surrounding areas.

Moerane presented the City of Johannesburg’s finalised plan to supply the residents of Soweto with electricity by next week.

He indicated that substantial investments were being made by the city to address the emergency in electricity supply.

Some of the measures to restore electricity supplies to Soweto include concluding an MOU between the City of Johannesburg and Eskom by the end of this month.

The agreement will see the City of Johannesburg take over Eskom assets worth about R4.7 billion and debt worth about R7 billion.

Eskom is to immediately begin replacing all faulty substations in and around Soweto and switch on all the affected customers.

Moerane said the city will introduce an affordable energy-mix approach in Soweto that will include PV Solar.