Switch-off: 37 firms back on

2010-06-21 00:00

THE 37 businesses in a Manchester Road complex left in the dark last week Thursday for allegedly illegally connnecting electricity were switched back on on Friday after the municipality installed new meters.

The municipality has decided that with these new meters it will be easier to detect how much the 37 businesses owe the municipality for their previous unpaid charges.

Firoz Moosa, a prominent businessman in Manchester Road and the owner of Moosa’s store, was unhappy with the way the municipality conducted its switch-offs. “These people cannot come here and make accusations if they do not know what they are talking about,” said Moosa. He said his business was accused by the municipal switch-off delegation of stealing electricity.

He said the insinuations about illegal connections regarding his business are blatantly incorrect. He said the electricity to the 37 businesses had been switched off incorrectly, which caused “reputational issues”.

However, electricity process manager Maxwell Mthembu said there is an ongoing investigation as the municipality is not willing to drop the issue. The municipality has vowed that it will continue conducting illegal electricity connection checks on businesses in the area and in other areas such as the CBD, and perpetrators will be brought to book.

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