Electricity is now safe, but disconnected residents are still angry

2014-11-10 00:00

MSUNDUZI’s electricity is safe once more and the cable damaged by an illegal dumper on Thursday last week has been fixed.

It took the municipality two days to sort out the problem, as a 230 kilovolt cable had been snapped and this was one of the main feeds from Eskom, bringing power to the city.

However, residents who had their power disconnected because their meters were not read are still angry. This is because there has been no explanation from the municipality. Many are anxious because despite having been told verbally there will be no reconnection fee, they are waiting to see if these will appear on their bills next month.

One resident, Sandy Pillay, was told that her meter had not been read since January, yet she said a meter reader had been calling at her house regularly. She has a child writing matric and had to wait until the next day before her power was restored. Another, who did not want to be named, said he hoped this was not a municipal ploy to fill up its coffers. He said residents who had their power cut off for their meters not being read, and who are billed for the reconnections, would have to get together and fight this legally. There was no response to a set of questions on this issue that The Witness sent to the municipality last week. — WR.

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