In the process, consumers - mostly residential estates in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs - who are on the meters have been assured there would be no interruption of electricity supply.
This came after yesterday’s ruling in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that the City replace the smart meters with its own. MMC for Corporate Services Cilliers Brink hailed the court outcome as a victory for ratepayers and a clean administration. “We finally had the opportunity to extricate ourselves from the contract, and over time, we will take the Peu meters off one by one and replace them with our meters,” he said.
He said money paid to Peu every month in terms of the agreement would be reduced as the City began the removal process. “We will be rid of them and of this contract. We will be able to deliver electricity at a significantly lower rate to ensure value for ratepayers’ money.”
In October last year, the court nullified the contract signed between the City and the service provider entered into in 2013. Sitting yesterday, the court aimed to determine a just and equitable remedy to the invalid contract.