Picture: Dean Hutton, Bloomberg
Picture: Dean Hutton, Bloomberg

Split smart meters to help Eskom fight fraud

By Rabbie Serumula Time of article published Apr 30, 2016

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Johannesburg - Eskom’s Gauteng operating unit on Friday introduced new split smart meters that they say are tamper proof, will prevent fraud and communicate remotely.

The entity’s Daphney Mokwena said most of Soweto’s electricity debt is from illegal connections, illegal prepaid electricity vendors and non-payment of electricity.

Eskom began their new electricity infrastructure upgrading intervention called Eskom Operational Efficiency and Service Level Improvement Project (Eoeslip) last April. Since then they have installed 40 000 prepaid metres in Soweto, Kagiso, Midrand, Sandton, parts of Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

Mokwena said 39 000 Soweto residents have received new meters. There are about 180 000 residents in Soweto, she said, and in three years they will all have split meters.

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