R4m power bill normal - Johannesburg

2012-12-04 09:12
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Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg has surprised residents of a townhouse complex with a massive electricity bill of more than R4.2m and the city says it’s perfectly acceptable.

The Windsor East townhouse complex with 12 units recently got an electricity bill of R4.2m, reported The Star.

The bill is one of many that have slipped through the city’s warning system which is triggered if a statement is 5% higher or lower than a consumer’s average monthly consumption.

Another Johannesburg resident was left frustrated after struggling to get an explanation for his account of R958 000 for a month’s electricity.

“We have been to the City of Joburg six times, to no avail. To add insult to injury, they are adding interest,” said Dion Baumann.

David Gadney received a bill for R2.2m for an empty building in Benrose, which was being renovated.

His bill has shot up from R2.2m to R2.9m since reporting the matter and unknown meter numbers have been listed on his account.

A city official said the townhouse complex was a big power user and their account was for a period of 1 019 days but admitted that the account was based on estimated readings.

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