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Soweto residents warming up to Eskom idea of prepaid meters

Eskom says it has since embarked on an educational drive to help residents understand its reasons.

FILE: The group is moving from Orlando to Eskom’s headquarters in Diepkloof. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says Soweto residents are starting to understand the relevance of prepaid electricity meters, adding that it plans to install 140,000 meters in the area, in the next three to five years.

Last year, community members took to the streets demanding engagement with the parastatal about the prepaid meters and a way forward in terms of dealing with the municipality's R8 billion debt.

So far, 40,000 meters have been installed in the area.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "So what we've done subsequently is that we've intensified our education campaign to communities as to what's the rationale of installing prepaid meters. And many of the communities now are beginning to see the light and as a result they've given us the go-ahead to install the prepaid meters."