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Local indigents to receive 50 kWh less

“Since the provision of free basic services was approved by the national government, the City of Ekurhuleni absorbed the funding of the additional 50kWh units of the current 100kWh units provided to registered indigents."

From July 1 City of Ekurhuleni customers registered and deemed to be indigents will receive 50 kWh of electricity.

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This comes after the city adjusted the supply of Free Basic Electricity (FBE) from 100 kWh to 50 kWh.

CoE spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said the city’s free basic electricity allocation and funding are governed by the Free Basic Electricity National Policy, guidelines and grants received from National Treasury.

According to Dlamini, the guidelines and grants received from National Treasury are as per the FBE National Policy, which is 50kWh units per month per indigent only.

“Since the provision of free basic services was approved by the national government, the city absorbed the funding of the additional 50kWh units of the current 100kWh units provided to registered indigents,” said Dlamini.

“The city also absorbed the full 100kWh units to tariff A (IBT) customers who did not qualify as indigents.”

Following the changes approved registered indigent customers on tariff A IBT will only receive 50 kWh of electricity with their first transaction of the month.

Thereafter, they will have to pay for all units above the 50kWh FBE units

Customers who don’t qualify as indigents on tariff A IBT will not receive any FBE units.

They will need to pay for all units in all Tariff A (IBT) blocks.

Dlamini said the city has a substantial number of approved indigents that will qualify for the 50kWh units.

He further stated the city has many who are considered indigents.

“The city encourages customers who qualify in terms of the city’s indigents policy to apply.

“This will allow approved registered indigent customers to continue receiving the 50kWh FBE units.”

Putting power back on the grid

Besides adjusting its supply of free basic electricity, the city introduced a solar PV embedded generation export credit system component.

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Dlamini said it was introduced to all residential, business and industrial tariffs that have fixed charged components.

He said customers who install solar PV panels on their rooftops and generate more than they consume can have the excess units generated measured by an approved meter.

“The customer will with their bill at the end of the processed billing receive a Rand value credit for these units,” said Dlamini.

“The city’s by-laws, related approved policies and schedule of tariff’s condition will apply.”

Dlamini said it is important to note that residential customers who install solar PV will move from Tariff A to Tariff B.

 

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