Cape Town prepaid electricity easier to buy

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Controversial prepaid electricity meters where thousands were installed in and around Johannesburg.402 Picture: Matthews Baloyi 7/11/2012

Cape Town - Prepaid electricity will be more widely available from January 1, when new service providers join Cape Town’s network.

“On top of that, a new cellphone vendor has been appointed as part of the city’s commitment to efficiency,” said Hoosain Essop, head of Cape Town’s Vending and Electricity Services.

Consumers will now be able to buy electricity through cellphone SMS vending, after registering on, and mobile electricity purchases via EFT from

“Alternatively, consumers can register All credit cards and Standard Bank, Nedbank and Absa debit cards are accepted on this site.”

Consumers using internet vending will still be able to purchase electricity units with their Mastercard or Visa credit card from

A new service provider has been appointed, which will see scratch cards being made available at all petrol station forecourts. Point-of-sale vending will remain the same.

Consumers should contact Electricity Services’ operations centre on 0860 103 089 to find out more.

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