Power bill: Reprieve for struggling residents

2010-11-02 00:00

PENSIONERS struggling with high electricity bills have been given a reprieve by the Msunduzi Municipality.

This amid news that they have decided to amend their indigent and credit control policies, as well as giving special electricity discounts to struggling residents who have been classified as indigent.

Brian Zuma, Msunduzi’s acting manager for marketing and public relations, said the municipality has resolved to implement discounts on electricity consumption as follows:

• Firstly, consumers need to have a mini circuit breaker (MCB) installed which must be 20 AMP or less. If a consumer’s MCB is more than 20 AMP, they need to go to the A.S. Chetty building on 333 Church Street and fill in a form and if it is the first time they are doing this, the change will be free.

• Once that is done, those who use 500 KWH or less a month will only be charged for 300 KWH as the other 200 KWH will be free of charge.

• Should more than 500 KWH be used a month, only 50 KWH will be free and the rest will be footed by the consumer.

• In line with the municipality’s lifeline tariff, there will be no MCB charge if consumers have an MCB of 20 AMP or less.

“Electricity and water deposits for new connections are now equal to two months average consumption, compared to three months previously,” said Zuma.

Msunduzi mayor Mike Tarr pushed for the change when he read about the plight of Molly Rossouw in The Witness and after he was approached by councillor Les Naidoo who informed him of the hardships of pensioners who had come to him.

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