Metropolis Vitality cuts unlawful connections in Johannesburg.
- JHB Metropolis Vitality chop electrical energy provide at diverse posh estates in Dainfern on Wednesday.
- Metropolis Vitality says residents at at the least 204 properties owed thousands and thousands in revenue.
- The most practical single debt for one customer was once R1.4m.
Johannesburg Metropolis Vitality chop electrical energy provide to diverse posh estates in Dainfern in an operation on Wednesday, attributable to residents owing R13 million.
“The utility was once initially delayed by the resistance from the dwelling owners of Dainfern Property, but were someway allowed entry after we threatened to chop the overall advanced off,” spokesperson Isaac Mangena mentioned in a press liberate on Wednesday.
“The operation is fragment of Metropolis Vitality’s revenue series efforts focusing on these that owe [on] their electrical energy invoice, [are] illegally linked to our network, bridged meters, and meters which had been tampered with to invent distinct the customer is no longer accurately billed,” he added.
The operation focused Dainfern Extension, Dainfern Appropriate, and Dainfern Ridge, where Metropolis Vitality mentioned it was once owed and dropping thousands and thousands in revenue.
“There are 204 dumb potentialities focused by at the brand new time’s operation, collectively owing Metropolis Vitality R13 million.
“The most practical single debt for one customer is R1.4 million, and the dwelling was once stumbled on without a meter, thus illegally linked. No lower than 40 potentialities collectively owe Metropolis Vitality amounts between R100 000 and R1.4 million,” Mangena additional defined.
The operation noticed at the least 10 properties visited, with six chop off within the course of the operation.
The potentialities who lost electrical energy provide on Wednesday was once expected to settle the invoice correct now or invent a down price from the quantity owing, earlier than making an association with the Metropolis of Johannesburg.
“[For example] the customer owing R1.4 million will be requested to pay R104 000 and stamp an admission of debt association at the Metropolis earlier than being reconnected. The main reason slack the operation is to manage with overloading of the network and recover lost revenue triggered by these stealing electrical energy,” Mangena mentioned.
The operation integrated officers from the Metropolis Vitality Income Safety Unit, with the support of the Joburg Metro Police Division.