R4m power bill normal - Johannesburg

2012-12-04 09:12

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.

  • terrence.holtzhausen - 2012-12-04 09:19

    Just Crazy wtf is the ANC going to do? NOTHING. DA for 2014! they were helping all people no matter what colour.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-12-04 09:26

      "based on estimate readings" about I estimate? I estimate i owe you F-ALL!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-12-04 09:43

      It's JZ's African way and it isn't going to change! Remember the article about how municipalities are charging consumers 5x to 6x times more for electricity than they are purchasing it for from ESKOM? Here is a prime example of it. Combine faulty metering, estimated billing and inflated prices and this is what you get.

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-12-04 09:53

      @ Frank....i agree's your account sir...TAKE it n go..take it.....and GO lol :)

      sam.antha.35574406 - 2012-12-04 10:20

      So it's ANC's fault people? Well I live in the DA run Cape Town municipality, and received a R5000 bill for a month consumption while I usually pay R150... City said: "must be a mistake, but you've got to pay or we disconnect you." Yes it was a mistake they made a random estimate without checking the meter... I actually owed them only 92 rands... What is the DA going to do? Nothing.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-12-04 10:35

      Only Ironman can get that bill

      heini.botes - 2012-12-04 10:46

      Pay no attention to samantha8001, she is a troll. Joined all of a sudden, never contributed on News24. Probably a cANCer cadre with that old chip on the shoulder

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-04 10:57

      Absolutely impossible. Filling their own coffers again!

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-12-04 10:57

      well sam, 5000 and 4mil are two totally different numbers... we all get those values from time to time, reason posted in article...

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-04 11:03

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-04 12:41

      Who gets the Meter reading Tender ? How much is it worth? Are they family of the Mayor ? Whoever it is should be fired instantly - this is a disgrace. Ekurhuleni have it sorted - I do my own meter readings for power and water and submit these online via a web portal. I check my billing against the readings I have recorded and I am charged accurately. The EEM was 11 former towns on the East Rand - if they can get it right why can't [ or won't ] Johannesburg ? Which one is World Class now?

      fly.onthewall.54 - 2012-12-04 12:54

      Why wait until 2014, take what we can NOW!!!

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-12-04 13:27

      samantha8001 = troll !!

      barnie.huysamer - 2012-12-04 14:20

      @samantha. When did you get the bill & when was it sorted out. Within days/weeks/months or years. Please reply truthfully.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-04 22:14

      all of you people calling these failures as the african ways are campaigning so effectively for DA. Sometimes I have no sympathy for you people. You want DA to win but you insult the very voters who can get the DA to win. You people are so brainy.

      heathway.master - 2012-12-04 22:39

      Rupeshhari, you have a good point there mate. I will go down and wash all the dust off your feet, if you promise to vote DA, and contribute to the downfall of the outrageously evil ANC in power at present.

      allan.rosenberg.752 - 2012-12-05 07:00

      @samantha8001- wow only R92 per month for electricity. Lets all move to CT. They are not subsidizing Soweto

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-12-05 07:21

      Rupeshari - i think the people referring to 'the African way'is making a tongue in cheeck reference to Jacob Zuma's speech from a few weeks ago where he talked about 'the African way'...not necessarily a racist comment.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-12-05 09:30

      @ Rupeshhari. It is not the responsibility of anyone in this forum to convince anyone else. Terms like the "african way" are born of observation, look north and observe, then compare and form your own opinion. If the majority do simply not see what is going the old saying "In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve" applies

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-05 11:42

      This samantha troll... a bill of R150 - where do you live? In a cave with a single lightbulb? Methinks you be lying

      sam.antha.35574406 - 2012-12-05 18:14

      A troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages. Well my comment is neither of these adjectives. I don't spend my life on news 24 insulting people like some News24 readers seem to enjoy doing, I comment when I have something to add to a debate, when I have time. Sorry I have a busy life, I don't sit my bum in front on news24 all day. I did have an issue with my Eskom bill in Cape Town, and yes i only pay R150 per month for a small 2 bedroom flat. It's not a cave, paying R150 is what a lot of people pay. It's a bit scary that paying R150 is seen as a lie, how much energy are you wasting if you pay more than that? Maybe some people should reconnect to the real world. And it took a little over 7 months to sort out. I'm just tired of DA/ANC political agendas... and all these people who come to this forum to moan, whine, and be bitter about everything. People don't even realise that politicians as a whole are failing us. And DA is in the same boat. They surely know how to make sure constantia looks clean to keep their voters... but again, since yesterday there is no water in khayelitsha... and many people are still waiting for water trucks to come. WOuld you live more than one day without water and without being highly irritated? If you say yes, then people you are hopeless.

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2012-12-04 09:20

    Absolutely useless. More frustrating is the arrogance.First class African f-up really...

      Ollie - 2012-12-04 20:42

      Surely the provider couldn't have honestly thought the occupant was willing to pay this amount? - 2012-12-04 20:52

      Hey Peter - some of us Africans don't f-up and also don't vote for Absolutely No Consequence either....

      karel.vanrensburg.56 - 2012-12-04 21:33

      Yes, fight the problem, not the people.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-04 22:15

      all of you people calling these failures as the african ways are campaigning so effectively for DA. Sometimes I have no sympathy for you people. You want DA to win but you insult the very voters who can get the DA to win. You people are so brainy. Anyway, the last time I check I thought the whites born here are african too. Just thought I'd mention that.

      Ollie - 2012-12-05 00:50

      @Rupeshhari It's Zuma who coined the phase, the African way not the white mans way, so when referring to the African way comment white people are not included. However this is not a group people anyway but a mind set of those like Zuma who think rather than follow a western way to prosperity South Africa must build itself on other African models. So to clarify when you here one say this the "African way" in such context they are not referring to whom they regard as African but those of whom are of this mindset.

  • chiepner - 2012-12-04 09:21

    What crisis!?!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-12-04 09:24

    And the great robery continues.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-04 12:43

      Politics #101 - how to get voted out: Stuff up everything that works and make silly claims like a World Class City! Change is inevitable when motivated by anger.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-12-04 09:24

    Are they still punting it as a World Class city these days?

      Erna - 2012-12-04 09:53

      Yes, they are - regularly on 702 - a "world class African city"

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-04 10:10

      World ASS african city....

      Mike - 2012-12-04 10:15

      @Erna: what else can you expect from 702 - they'll do and say ANYTHING for a buck !

      gavin.knox.56 - 2012-12-04 14:21

      World class AFRICAN city... based on which world.. 1st through to 3rd... and who is qualified to do the basing? definally not 702......

      gavin.knox.56 - 2012-12-04 14:34

      world class AFRICAN city, emphasis on the AFRICAN... determined in which world, 1st through to 3rd, and who does the determining.. definatley not 702......

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-12-04 15:44

      You missed the "operative" word. "African City". They are comparing it to Lagos and Harare.

  • jack.trend.3 - 2012-12-04 09:25

    by my calculation that is R10000 electricity per month per home.

      ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-12-04 10:16

      that's 333 units per day, geez what do they think these people are doing in there homes, cooking up a meth lab??? 14 units per hour hahaha, sense, it makes NONE, come right gov.

      rohin.jadin - 2012-12-04 23:05

      It's probably made up of interest and finance charges as well

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-05 08:31

      Some common sense lacking here. It is normal for them only

  • frank.kistler.31 - 2012-12-04 09:27

    For real lol...this is INSANE!!!!!!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-04 15:11

      Let's do the Banana dance

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-12-04 09:29

    Must be limpopo maths students doing these calculations!

      Erna - 2012-12-04 09:54

      @lourainet Are you a product of the limpopo education system?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-12-04 10:41

      @lourainet ha ha ha com'n there is no race in this, just humor afterall

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-04 10:42

      Lourainet I would never call you any names especially ass /ole because you are just passing through

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-04 15:12

      It could have been Zuma doing the calculations for all we know

      Manie De Vries - 2013-07-09 20:09

      no it was melemadoing the maths

  • luzukotosh - 2012-12-04 09:30


  • sean.noble1 - 2012-12-04 09:30

    350 rands worth of elec a day per unit for 12 units

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-04 13:27

      Oh that happened to us many years ago. We got a bill for R40000.00 and our normal bill was R3600.00 (factory) The reply we got was classic! "Pay the account now, and we will refund you if it is incorrect".......LOL! little did they know I am a lioness......I made such a fuss in the middle of the muncicipal offices, demanded attention blah ablh, and it was corrected in an hour. This was mind, 2 weeks after the accounting department of our concern had almost lived on the phone and no avail. Sometimes you gotta do what you have to do....

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-04 09:31

    Perfectly normal...for a banana republic.

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-12-04 09:31

    You are paying for Soweto:

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-12-04 09:32

    Normal? Really are these morons that bloody stupid?

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-04 14:11

      One of their loyal (30% pass mark) voters does the readings

  • andrew.mckenzie.566 - 2012-12-04 09:33

    That is R343.47a day per unit. Right - yes well of course that's acceptable. Where do they find these morons?

      horst.muller.7330 - 2012-12-04 10:10

      Very interesting, assuming a usage of 20 kWh a day the cost is R17 per kWh. I would suggest they get themselves a diesel generator and produce their own electricity at about R7 a kWh.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-12-04 09:35

    That account was meant to be sent to

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-04 10:06

      ........OR NKANDLA

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-04 14:13

      Or our "not so far in the future" Rand with millions of zeros - 2012-12-04 20:56

      Ag no man sheik.Mohammad.378! Don't wish that on us, or maybe that's Zuma's plan; get our rand in free-fall and that will boost exports and create jobs. Promises sorted!

  • terence.wessels - 2012-12-04 09:37

    Ooohh eh eh. What you mean we can't run a tuckshop wena? Look how good we run Jozi ! Eish, when people say we are too stupid to run anything, I just laugh and sing mashiniwam mashiniwam, and hide in my bunker. Viva ANC! We are too cleva ne?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-04 09:41

    SA has cANCer we need to fight off this disease with our votes so when is Zuma the loser gonna pay back the R750 million he owes on his palace ?????????????????????

      Manie De Vries - 2013-07-09 20:30

      zuma dont have to melema is doing it for him with the money he saved from saars

  • emm.emm.58 - 2012-12-04 09:42

    Thanks news 24 for deleting my comment. Its seems it is acceptable to post racist comments against white South Africans but mention anything about the government and you censor it. Nice one

  • jbooyse - 2012-12-04 09:45

    Bloody joke !!!

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-12-04 09:46

    Why are they given jobs they clearly do not know how to do. Can't they see that something is radically wrong or does it have to be spelt out to them like babies.

      pierre.strauss.56 - 2012-12-04 09:56

      Wont help, they cant read!!!

      Erna - 2012-12-04 10:00

      ....or do maths.

      iwhite.whitebone - 2012-12-04 12:20

      SHow me what they did right this babies?

  • brendan.oconnell.545 - 2012-12-04 09:46

    However being in Windsor East where I used to live many moons ago... the complex is probably owned by a host of Nigerians who have rigged up the entire suburb with electricity and has been fleecing the locals while not paying their own bill ... nice business, wish I could have thought of that one :)

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-12-04 09:47

    I've decided to send the council a bill for R26 million for bad roads, and just general annoyance. Reason they must pay me - "It's perfectly normal."

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-04 11:58

      How do you cut them of when they dont Pay?

  • david.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-12-04 09:49

    I estimate you can cut my power cables and stick it up your wazoooooo

  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2012-12-04 09:52

    If you work this out, 1019 days equates to around 32 Months, and its for 12 units, that works out to just short of 11 grand per month...I dont know where the hell they get that. I run a 650 sq mtr house with all kinds of electrical items, and my electricity comes to around 2500.00 per month. The complex however should be monitoring its own readings. I own a property in a complex and we monitor our own reading so we know exactly what we estimates there, and never a problem.

  • rashaad.gangat - 2012-12-04 09:53

    WOW!!! And this is supposed to be the new free South Africa. It seems the COJ is bullying the people of South Africa. How can it be free if we held hostage to such imcompetance. What makes it worst is the fact that not a single soul at the COJ knows how to resolve this.

  • pierre.strauss.56 - 2012-12-04 09:55

    How can they calculate such big bills if no-one knows how to do math!!!!! Makes me sick!!!!!!

  • magwaza.mfundo - 2012-12-04 09:55

    The account was used for 1019 days and further more the complex is a big power user..The account holder must pay…..Yes there is a billing crisis but the media is just exaggerating it in an attempt to discredit ANC for the sake luring voters into DA...

      Erna - 2012-12-04 10:01

      You most probably don't pay for your electricity.

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-12-04 10:02

      You ARE joking I hope magwaza. Because if you're not, you have a serious problem.

      heini.botes - 2012-12-04 10:11

      @magwaza...If you work it back that's an average of +-R350 worth of electricity a day!!!! Do you even know how much R350 worth of electricity is?? It's a sh*t load, i don't even use that a month!! ANC cadre are you?

      SirFGrumpy - 2012-12-04 10:12

      Don't be thick Magwaza. This is incompetence!

      schalkwbu31ger - 2012-12-04 10:26

      I own a Takeaway restaurant and with all the ovens and fridges I only use R2800-00 electricity per month. That's with fridges running 24/7 and almost nothing running on gas. So magwazs.mfundo go take your bs someplace else. That is theft nothing else.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-04 11:09

      I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-04 12:00

      There is no need to discredit the ANC they do it themselves

      colin.langley - 2012-12-04 12:46

      FACEPALM!!!!...i bet you won't be such an ANC ass kisser if you received a damn 4 million rand bill! My god man...why are you allowed to use a computer...just bugger off from here man...

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-04 12:57

      The worst comment of the day, go play with your bucket and spade and let the grown-ups talk ne!

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-12-04 13:57

      Unbelievable comment Magwaza The saying goes: rather keep quite and let people think you clever, than opening your mouth and confirming you a total idiot.

      armand.dejongh.1 - 2012-12-04 15:38

      I must admit, you gave me a good laugh at least. Great way to punt for your ailing government.

      Manie De Vries - 2013-07-09 20:39

      nope he dont

  • hamlyndhk - 2012-12-04 09:55

    What have the City of Johannesburg been smoking ?? The Green stuff ?

      siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-12-04 10:59

      lol i suspect you are on the right trail

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2012-12-04 09:56

    You guys have lots of money being able to afford such electricity bills. Giving serious consideration to coming back if I can afford to pay my electricity bills at such levels.

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-12-04 09:57

    lol 344 usage a unit per day . They must fire their accountants. This is a joke!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-04 10:10

      What I don't get is why they got a account dating for a period of more than two and a half years? If they had not paid the bill the power to the complex would have been cut long time ago. And if they never received any accounts for this period you cannot suddenly produce some ridiculous bill? The worst is the arrogance and incompetence of officials, instead of finding the problem they just keep on denying that there it exists.

  • nelbj - 2012-12-04 09:57

    This another one of those "lame" articles in which all the interesting questions remain unanswered. Eg. why did the whole development not pay electricity for 3 years? !! Why did the municipality rely on "estimates"? Are there no electricity meters? Where the meters bypassed? Or who connected them to the grid without installing and registering a meters? I feel sorry for them, but they must have known that the bomb will drop some day, if they never paid for electricity.

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2012-12-04 10:00

    To me it looks as if the councils can't find people to read the meters or maybe the meters are not functional?

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-05 08:46

      Werner, a very lucrative tender are being paid for these services which are not rendered properly. More questions need to be asked and the Jhb coucill need to supply much more answers. Just another wrong with the current racist regime

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-04 10:07

    so they are saying each flat used about R333.000 worth of electricity, someone should tell these morons that the account number on the statement is not the amount owed, anc cadre uneducated dimwits

  • smahlaba - 2012-12-04 10:07

    Are these people mad or what?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-04 13:04

      No, they are politically appointed people. State of mind or qualifications for that matter has got nothing to do with the position they are placed in.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-12-04 10:10

    These city officials are obviously the same people who "sailed" through matric maths with a 30% pass mark! Even a moron with an abacus would know that 12 town-houses could never use R4 mio worth of electricity! You ANC people are too thick to even run a tap!

  • Prudence Molefe - 2012-12-04 10:13

    ayy nna i dont understand this.. my first stay in jozi was so missrable, was all alone in the house n was told if the electricity switch off u must buy prepaid.. i did that as d instruction when came bak wit a token i had to punch numbers to my surprise it ddnt go through, broke as hell sent call back to say numbers r not going through, sms was sent that i had to send d meter number .. now i need airtime where was i suppose to get airtime from? this means money for electricity n money for airtime or stay in d dark wit the token at hand.. :(

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2012-12-04 10:13

    ANC = FAIL

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-12-04 10:24

    you cant get through to these morons! forgive the expression, but its like farting against thunder!!!!!!

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-12-04 10:26

    I our block of 14 units (in Durban) we have a similar problem with water meter readings. Our bill has gone up from the regular R700pm to R2 000pm. Recently I saw how the meter was read. Vehicle arrives and parks on the pavement. Driver stays in vehicle presumably with a clipboard in hand. Passenger gets out and walks to the meter between the pavement and our fence. Passenger calls out the numbers on the meter. All this on a very busy road while many noisy vehicles pass by. We will now do our own readings daily and compare them to the figure given on the account.

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-12-04 10:34

    Most frightening of all is the utter lack of logic. Townhouse complex, 12 units, R4 200 000 bill for electricity. Logically, it can't be right. But if you aren't born with logic, you'll never be logical.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-12-04 10:46

    i'm FINISHED - this just keeps getting better and better!! WTF?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-04 10:59

    I just love their "sums"

  • edith.a.holland - 2012-12-04 11:00

    If you charge massive amounts it makes your books look good and the longer you can take to fix the queries the longer you can pretend that you are not making a huge financial loss, and hide all the money you are funneling into your own pockets...

  • narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-12-04 11:10

    I've started a petition for SA taxpayers in support of the opposition parties' motion of no confidence in Pres Zuma. This motion will be debated on 28 March 2013, and as JZ looks to be set for a 2nd term, it is of crucial importance. Please take the time to sign and share this. Thank you.

  • gary.evans.1257 - 2012-12-04 11:20

    ....and these imbeciles want to have e-tolling??? How will they ever control that???

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-12-04 11:33

    Let's calculate this. 1019 days is abt 40 months. R4200000 divided by 40 equals R105 000 divided by 12 consumers equals R8750 per month for 1 townhouse for electricity. City Of Johannesburg you think it's reasonable!! Someone must get fired!!

      allan.rosenberg.752 - 2012-12-05 06:31

      Lets calculate this- R4 200 000 divided by 12 760 citypower workers equals R320 onto each x/mas bonus. Yep- sounds reasonable

      Manie De Vries - 2013-07-09 20:52

      aaaaaaa and dont forget to add zumas tuck shop in to

  • Genesistt - 2012-12-04 11:37

    See, this is why I phone in my actual readings. When the municipalities start estimating things just go completely pear-shaped! And getting that error fixed by the complete and utter incompetent workers are next to impossible. You would have better luck getting the current government to accept its wrongdoings!

  • thabo.emanuel.5 - 2012-12-04 11:58

    Things a getting expensive..

  • Lucky - 2012-12-04 12:09

    funding for the compound people!! taxes are only going to strectch so far....

  • iwhite.whitebone - 2012-12-04 12:18

    I had the same problem.....Several times drew to Centurion municipality to sort out the problem......Idiots