The City of Ekurhuleni and Eskom will on Monday, May 28 meet with the community of Ncala in Katlehong, following the successful mediation by the City which saw the reconnection of electricity in the area.
As part of the resolution to the impasse between residents and Eskom, there will be public meetings to give Ncala residents a platform to express their frustrations and give inputs on how to maintain good relations between all involved parties.
The first public participation meeting will be held on Monday, 28 May 2018, at 10am at Ncala Sports Ground. The meeting is to ensure that Eskom will have the platform to inform and educate residents about the prepaid split metering project and further secure their buy in before the implementation process. During the meeting, there will be a demonstration of how the split metering gadget works relative to other known prepaid metering systems. Furthermore, the community will be apprised about the advantages and benefits of the system.
In addition, should it be necessary, door to door campaigns by Eskom officials will be scheduled to deal with individual household cases relating to debt and debt arrangement.
The power was restored on Wednesday, May 16, after a period of three months. The stoppage of power supply came after residents resisted Eskom attempts to install split meters in the area to reduce the volume of unaccounted electricity consumption. The community protests also affected other municipal services, such as waste collections and the operation of the local clinic. Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina immediately after breaking this community deadlock marshalled the city's departments to provide immediate services that were affected through the Siyaqhuba Service Delivery Programme on Thursday, 17 May.
Reacting to the developments, the Chief Operations Officer Mr Joe Mojapelo, said Siyaqhuba is all about accelerating service delivery and restoring dignity to residents.
"This is what Siyaqhuba is all about, a rapid intervention program that brings stability in residents lives. We go to areas that have service interruptions, leave them in a much better state and pave the way for service delivery to continue," Mojapelo said.