Theft in Soweto hits utility hard
SOWETO residents have been singled out as the main culprits who fail to pay for their electricity.
Eskom is also concerned that the electricity theft could increase as a result of the steep increases in prices it wants to institute.
Annual results show that it has lost R1,2-billion on power theft and illegal connections. This includes illegal connections of pre-paid meters.
In its prepared submission to Nersa, which Sowetan has seen, Eskom states that its arrears of R775-million are "largely due to the effect of the economic recession and lower residential payment as a result of increased prices".
Soweto has a complex build-up of historical debt - it accounts for 75% of Eskom's total outstanding debt.
Payments were under 30% compared to more than 80% in other townships.
Eskom was engaging with political leadership and communities in finding a lasting solution to this problem.
- This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 11 October 2012