South African electricity public utility popularly known as Eskom said on Tuesaday that it has already seen a R39m improvement in revenue collection in Soweto. The revenue was raised over a year after ESKOM installed and converted customers to split prepaid meters.


The figure is cumulative from the 2014/15 financial year up to 30 June 2016.


Non-payment of electricity bills is out of hand in Soweto. This has been a very big challenge for Eskom.Soweto owes Eskom an estimated R4bn in debt. Illegal connections cost Eskom about R2bn a year in lost revenue.This figure shows that most residents in Soweto do not pay their Electricity bills.



The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said Eskom “has an incentive programme in place where customers converted to prepaid meters are monitored over a period of three years to establish if the behaviour of buying electricity becomes entrenched”.


Eskom said in a statement on Tuesday that the revenue collection levels for customers in Soweto – including Large Power Users (LPU), Prepaid Power Users (PPU) and Small Power Users (SPU) and excluding bulk suppliers – are currently at 48%.


Eskom further revealed that Soweto has approximately 181 000 customers, 65% of whom are customers who are on the conventionally-billed metering system and the remainder are on the conventional prepaid metering system.



The power utility is currently installing prepaid meters in Sandton, Midrand, Soweto, Kagiso and other areas around Gauteng to enable revenue collection and address Eskom’s debt collection challenges.


“In Sandton and Midrand alone, we connected close to 14 700 meters from March 2016 to date. We aim to complete the installation of 32 000 prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand by end of March 2017.” The conversions of the meters have also resulted in a gradual increase in sales”the statement concludes.


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