Jhb is going to cut Telkom’s power supply

Henry

Several business and residential customers in Johannesburg’s lights were turned off by City Power this week after it apparently failed to pay their electricity bills for months. This includes Telkom.

Two hospitals may also soon be without power because they together owe approximately R30 million to the power supplier.

“Action against delinquent and non-paying customers in Johannesburg is in full swing,” says Isaac Mangena, spokesperson for City Power.

He says several areas that form part of the Hurst Hill service delivery center and that owe more than R1.3 billion to City Power, had their power supply cut off this week.

“On Thursday, we targeted ten business and residential customers who owe a total of more than R13 million in unpaid electricity bills.

“Telkom is one of the businesses that was disconnected from electricity supply during the operation, they owe more than R2.9 million. It is shocking that the company has not made any payments for their electricity bill since 2021,” says Mangena.

Ancient Oak Trade & Invest is another company whose power supply has been cut. The company runs a bar in Melville and owes more than a million rand in unpaid electricity bills.

“It was also found that this customer connected the power supply illegally. As a result, a heavy punishment will be inflicted before they are supplied with electricity again,” says Mangena.

“Within less than an hour after we cut the power supply, the owner of the business contacted City Power and admitted that they had failed to pay their power bills. They agreed to settle the debt on the account and pay the fine for illegal reconnections.”

City Power officials also visited two hospitals, namely the Helen Joseph Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, which collectively owe more than R30 million.

“The Helen Joseph Hospital’s debt is more than R23 million, while the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital owes more than R7 million.

“The executive managers of the two hospitals, who received prior notice for the termination of their power supply, told City Power officials that they have already started the process to settle their debts,” says Mangena.

“During our visit, we made it clear that if they fail to pay within the next two weeks, it will result in immediate disconnection of their power supply.”

Mangena says City Power is extremely concerned about the levels of default in government institutions.

“Government properties right across the city owe more than half a billion rand.

“We will arrest all defaulters and intensify our revenue collection. We also want to warn other customers to pay their bills on time before we pay an unpleasant visit.”

Mangena says the weekly cut-off operations right across Johannesburg are aimed at sending a strong message to defaulters that City Power will not tolerate default.

“This is also an opportunity for City Power to recover the revenue needed to continue to provide essential services to the city’s residents and businesses.”