Eskom Cuts Off Power To Parts Of Dlamini Over Prepaid Meters

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Eskom on Friday said it had switched off electricity to certain parts of Dlamini, Soweto, where the residents are preventing technicians from installing “prepaid split meters”.

“Electricity supply will not be restored until we receive confirmation that the community is ready to allow our employees safe access into the area and will not interfere with them while they do their work,” says Mashangu Xivambu, Gauteng Maintenance, and Operations Senior Manager.

“It is important for Eskom to be certain that it can guarantee the safety of its employees before it can dispatch them to resume with operations.”

Although community leaders and residents have been engaging with the power utility about the installation of prepaid meters, Eskom said it was unable to access the area from Thursday.

Eskom said it was in the process of installing prepaid split meters throughout Gauteng following the low payment trends that affect its revenue.

“The installation of prepaid split meters is to help customers to manage their own electricity consumption,” said Xivambu.