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There’s the timeless phrase which says no matter how bad your day is, there’s always someone worse off. And the following letter from a member of the Biznews community puts this into perspective. Alec Hogg’s R89 000 water bill generated lots of interest and given the amount of feedback there it’s only fair that the following is highlighted.

Dennis de Necker’s electricity bill for the month of May 2015 was a staggering R563 000, this after he got the all new improved ‘smartmeter’. And it’s a household of 3. Almost a year later and the matter is still not solved and while his lights are still on, potential darkness lies around the corner.

And in true South African spirit, Dennis has offered to pay Alec’s bill, if he pays his. One has to wonder if common sense will prevail. – Stuart Lowman

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