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After illegal connections were cut, residents of Kanana are now ready to pay for electricity

City Power, police and JMPD officers participated in a blitz operation in the area on Tuesday to suppress illegal connections.

City Power technicians in the informal settlement of Kanana in Tembisa to remove illegal electricity connections on February 22, 2022. Photo: Dominic Majola/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – Residents of the Kanana informal settlement in Tembisa are calling on Joburg City Power to provide electricity to the community.

City Power, police and JMPD officers participated in a blitz operation in the area on Tuesday to suppress illegal connections.

This was part of the city’s revenue improvement program, intended to recover millions in lost revenue.

The utility said it was trying to crack down on people stealing electricity from the grid because it was struggling to keep up with demand.

Residents said they were concerned about their living conditions, saying they felt the government had forgotten about them.

As they stood on the side of the road watching cables being cut, residents said Eyewitness News they were willing to pay.

“If we do the right thing for them, they will do the right thing for us. There’s no need to swear on this because we know we’re supposed to pay,” said one resident.

Isaac Mangena, spokesperson for City Power: “As City Power, it works in our favor and in favor of the city if we can electrify every informal settlement, because it allows us to reduce our costs. It also lets us know how many people we are. supposed to increase electricity for and we are also able to collect revenue.”

He said City Power had lost around R2 billion in revenue, money that could have been reinvested in infrastructure.



After illegal connections were cut, residents of Kanana are now ready to pay for electricity

Source link After illegal connections were cut, residents of Kanana are now ready to pay for electricity

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