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#TshwaneYaTima invade Pretoria North to deal with defaulting customers

The metro had revealed on their social media page that a certain student accommodation in Pretoria North was disconnected due to accumulating R1 800 000 in arrears.

The Tshwane metro’s #TshwaneYaTima campaign is in full swing to recoup monies owned by defaulting businesses and residents in Pretoria North on Tuesday, February 6.

This campaign is part of the metro’s aggressive measures of revenue collection and to stabilise the city’s finances.

Businesses and residential properties that are in arrears, connected illegally to the grid or not paying at all have been disconnected and will be slapped with fines, reconnection fees and a 30% amount of the debt to be paid.

The municipality electricity switching teams were escorted by the Tshwane metro police when they disconnected electricity to avoid intimidation by residents.

This effort comes as the metro’s debt to Eskom is steadily growing and the electricity provider remains unfazed about pursuing legal action to get paid.

Tshwane’s electricity debt ballooned to over R3.8-billion recently. This despite mayor Cilliers Brink proclaiming during his maiden Soca address in May 2023 that he planned on achieving a revenue collection rate of at least 93% and disconnecting 1 000 delinquent customers every week to regain financial control.

The city revealed on their social media account that the officials have disconnected a student accommodation in Pretoria North that owes R1 800 000.

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The metro proceeded to another property where an electricity meter and circuit breaker were removed after the meter was found to have been tampered with.

The owner was issued with a R27 000 fine and will also have to pay a reconnection fee plus 30% of the debt which is standing at R230 000.

Previously the city had urged customers to continue to honour payments on all services consumed while a dispute was being addressed.

The metro advised customers that all payment arrangements had to be made on time to avoid service interruptions, where applicable.

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