Soweto demands public apology from Eskom

A public apology, solar geysers and awareness initiatives are some of the demands made by Soweto residents.

ANC members march through the streets of Soweto in protest over power interruptions in the township. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A public apology, solar geysers and awareness initiatives are some of the demands put forward to Eskom by Soweto residents.

The African National Congress (ANC) led a march through the township on Thursday, calling for the power utility to review its communication with residents on the installation of smart meters.

Eskom and Soweto residents have been at loggerheads over the introduction of a different billing system in the township.

The South African National Civic Organisation, one of the organisers of Thursday's march, says it hopes Eskom will take residents' grievances seriously.

The organisation's Artwell Kamani says, "All our people are prepared to pay for efficient and effective service from Eskom."

Soweto community members say they're not opposed to paying for electricity, and are merely asking Eskom to bill them fairly.

The power utility says residents' calls for a flat rate are not feasible.

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