Over the past few weeks, several members of the community have had an issue with their electricity accounts, according to Ward 71 Councillor Previn Vedan.

Councillor Previn Vedan talking to one of the residents

He said that one of the biggest issues facing residents are difficulties in paying for electricity. “On Mondays, when I consult with the public I have a minimum of 75 people coming into my offices saying that their electricity accounts are in arrears.” Vedan said that eThekwini Municipality has acknowledged that people are experiencing tough economical times and that the municipality wants to live up to its promise of being a caring city by looking after its citizens. “Therefore, late last year the municipality approved a new arrangement in which residents that have electricity accounts in arrears can sign an acknowledgement of debt, which will make their areas account payable in terms and over a maximum of 36 months.”

Vedan said that the initiative will reduce the loss of electricity as people will not reconnect their electricity illegally after being disconnected due to non-payment. “The arrangement will apply to only residential properties and not to business properties,”he said.