Electricity tariffs and disputes

LEPHALALE — A public meeting, organised by Sybil Nieuwoudt, DA Councillor in the Onverwacht Ward, was held at the Lephalale Municipal Lapa on Thursday 14 November at 18:00.

Members of the public had the opportunity to ask questions directly to the various heads of departments regarding poor service delivery in Lephalale.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
Issues, like reduced or no water pressure, the overflowing of sewage in town, the rehabilitation of areas where sewage was spilled, faulty electricity bills, sand in the roads, incompetent contractors, the pump stations not operating up to standard, the replacement of water pipes smaller in diameter than the previous pipes, etc.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
Feedback was given about the previous meeting in April this year. Acting CFO, Mabu Manaka, gave feedback about the request that the date on the electricity bills should change to a date after the first of the month as most residents receive their salaries at the end of the month. By changing the date, they wouldn’t have to pay interest on the amount every month.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
Manaka said there are new developments in the Municipality, and they are changing the systems altogether. He assured the community members that there is progress, and in December this year, they will be able to see how they will meet their strategies.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
Claris Dreyer commented that the Municipality’s tariffs are different from those advertised on 15 August 2019 in Mogol Post and approved by NERSA. “You are charging me an additional 50 KW hours per month at a higher tariff than what has been published,” he said.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
The Municipality undertook to investigate the matter after other residents also stood up and complained about the electricity bills.

Thursday 14 November at 18:00.
The increase in tariffs per 50 units electricity usage was explained by Deon Janse van Vuuren, Superintendent Electrical Division.

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