Residents of Soweto want to pay a R100 flat rate for unlimited electricity per month and their debt is written off. This demand comes in the midst of Eskom’s financial woes.
By Ncuthukazi Webber
The residents currently owe Eskom R18 billion in unpaid electricity. Eskom provides 180 000 homes in Soweto with electricity and only 12% of residents pay for electricity. Any household that does not pay is cut off however, some residents work with technicians to regain access to power.
Eskom has threatened to disconnect all non-paying residents, remove illegal connections and change more households to prepaid electricity in order to relieve the debt and reduce illegal connections.
“We understand that Eskom needs revenue so that it fulfils its mandate. The people of Soweto are prepared to negotiate the value as long as Eskom can agree to the principle of a flat rate,” MyBroadband quoted a Soweto resident Mxolisi Mdluli.
The residents are firing back with demands for the debt to be written off, citing lack of financial capability to pay off the debt and suggested R100 flat rate for an unlimited supply of electricity. The residents are open to negotiation as long as it is based on the principle of a flat rate.