As part of the energy losses reduction strategy, Madibeng Local Municipality is now installing prepaid electricity split metres in all its supply areas.
This means all conventional electricity metres will be replaced with prepaid metres.
The areas of supply include Hartbeespoort, Brits, Oukasie, Elandsrand, Damonsville and Letlhabile.
The municipality will be removing the existing metres and install new prepaid split meters. Prepaid split meters have already been installed in Refentse and Sunway in the Hartbeespoort area.
A split meter is divided into a pad put into each person’s home, while the rest of the device is in a tamper-proof box on the pavement or on a pole outside the house.
According to municipal spokesperson, Tumelo Tshabalala, these meters cannot be tampered with and will reduce electricity theft.
“It will also relieve the burden of getting access to users’ properties when metres are audited and residents can keep track of their usage in their homes,” he said.
Technicians are currently busy removing old metres and installing the split metres in Schoemansville
“The municipality requests home owners to grant the municipal electricians access to the properties in line with Chapter 11 of the By-laws. We have had instances where people have refused the technicians entry because of not being aware of the project. The electricians will produce identification cards supported by ID documents/cards or drivers licence.”
For any queries, home owners may contact Thomas Chauke, the Electricity Services Supervisor in Hartbeespoort on 076 565 0584.
“The municipality further advises residents in Melodie and the Melodie smallholdings about a planned power outage on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, from 08:H00-16:00. The municipality will be cutting down tree branches along the power lines.”