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Tshwane ‘still benefitting’ from smart meter project

Kgosientso Ramokgopa has dismissed claims Tshwane owes over R1bn for the failed smart meter project.

FILE. Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has dismissed claims that the municipality still owes more than R1 billion for the failed smart meter roll out project.

The city announced this week that it had terminated the contract with PEU Capital Partners for the installation of the devices, which started nearly two years ago.

To date, only about 13,000 of the smart meters have been installed, out of an estimated one million consumers in the city.

Ramokgopa says AfriSake launched a court application for a review of the contract, which created difficulties for PEU.

He says whatever money will be paid to PEU in the future will be for services, and not a loss.

"We are not going to lose the R1.2 billion. The money we are paying is for a service that is being rendered to us. As long as we have not closed that, we are rendering a service. They're rolled out those meters; people are paying us upfront, so we're generating a benefit."

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