Ratanda power to be restored - Baloyi

2012-04-02 12:17

Johannesburg - The electricity supply to residents of Ratanda, in Heidelberg, will be restored even if they owe money on other municipal services, said Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi said.

Addressing the residents on Sunday, Baloyi said a task team set up to investigate the causes of last month's violent protests had found that access to electricity and its costs were the main concerns.

As a result, he said there would be an immediate delinking of the various services when managing payment defaults.

No pre-paid electricity users would be blocked from buying electricity if they still owed money for other services.

"In fact, the municipality has started to unblock those people," Baloyi said, according to a statement on Monday.

He said people whose electricity had been disconnected for non-payment of electricity would be reconnected.

The department would also investigate the future viability of distribution to the area by the municipality or Eskom.

It would also look into concerns that the tariffs were too high and that they had been decided on without consultation.

"We request the community to interpret this report as a contribution to pave a way for the Ratanda community to return to the peaceful zone it is known [as]," Baloyi said.

- Have you been affected? Send us your thoughts.

  • Koos - 2012-04-02 12:27

    If I don't pay my account my power is disconnected. Wonder why?

      Clifford - 2012-04-02 12:36

      I'll take a flyer and say maybe it's because you white.

      Clifford - 2012-04-02 12:36

      Black is the thing to be these days...You feel me..

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:39

      Because you do not burn anything, Koos.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:39

      I'm black and they cut my electricity too Clifford, so it's not about race!

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:44

      Its so much not about colour that if you guys went to stay in Ratanda you would also benefit! SO stop racialising everything.

  • Stille - 2012-04-02 12:28

    WHY??? - are some people more equal than others again? These double standards are really getting tiresome. And WHY must the honest , hard working ratepayers subsidise non payers?

      Shirley - 2012-04-02 12:54

      Its the anc way!

  • Derk - 2012-04-02 12:33

    what a crock of s*#t

  • Shirley - 2012-04-02 12:37

    So what the minister is saying is if you burn,destroy,cause havoc=you can have EVERYTHING mahala! I must pay taxes,bills and if I dont pay electricity its CUT!!!!! Talk about fairness???? So then by rights we should all do the same....and receive the gift that keeps on giving!!!!!

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:40

      Yes Shirley. If you are honest, sorry, you pay even more!

      Mark - 2012-04-02 16:18

      Well put Shirley. What a stupid message to the public.

  • John - 2012-04-02 12:42

    "Buying" votes with the rate/taxpayers money yet again.

  • Riaan - 2012-04-02 12:57

    Maybe whites should also start burning down buildings and destroying property. Seems to work if you don't want to pay for a service.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:41

      Got nothing to do with skin colour. Not everything is racial. I get my electricity cutoff at the drop of a hat. As long as I burn nothing, that is the way it will be.

  • Promise Dube - 2012-04-02 13:10

    Lets hope its tru cz some of us lost a week of productivity due to da protest.Nw we dnt hv municipal offices,public halls,clinic,library&no shops bcz of da protest.Y do u wait fo things to get out of hand b4 u sort things&who's gonna pay fo da damage made?Its us taxpayers!

  • Pappa - 2012-04-02 13:27

    oh this is so typical............ I SO WISH I COULD GET OFF THE GRID!!!!! reverse apartheid..... is this so they can use their new tv's and set top boxes so they can watch programmes sponsored by the PROPOGANDA PARTY???? I was disconnected on TUESDAY 20th for R700 which meant I spent the HERITAGE DAY (21 MARCH) without power cause EJERKHULENI offices were not open..... and this cause I was a couple of HOURS late in my payment... AN OVERSIGHT... and EJERKHULENI only turned me back on on FRIDAY 23rd even though they did have my money sitting in their bank account.... carry on like this, its going to get UGLY....

      Pappa - 2012-04-02 13:28

      oops, its PROPAGANDA..... before some previously disadvantaged learned person points that out to me....

      Mark - 2012-04-02 16:31

      Sense your justified anger, Pappa. The cash-cows must pay and pay more, is a firmly entrenched municipal attitude. Nevermind that ineptitude, poor management and deliberately poor bad-debt collection policies in Townships has led to this "no money" - so get it from the 'rich' attitude.

  • eradingoana - 2012-04-02 13:33

    I wish I was staying in the township as there are too much benefits. Debts are just written off and costs would be transferred to those staying in suburbs as their rates would be increased immediately. Our black government!

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 14:53

    "It would also look into concerns that the tariffs were too high and that they had been decided on without consultation." In which municipalities are there consultations bout electricity tariffs? Now this Baloyi looks like the good cop and the municipal guys are the bad one's who switch off electricity for the poor. If I were the municipal manager I would just resign and let Baloyi run the municipality, because he has taken over their job anyway!

  • Rob - 2012-04-02 16:34

    You know what, I am all for subsidising the less fortunate, and especially if they are really trying hard to get out of that situatiuon. But really, draw the line somewhere and stick to it. Set boundries, manage it what you like. Then maybe there will be some motivation for moving on and moving up, rather than sitting with your bum on the bench and holding out your hands after burning the library.

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