Editor – Re: Alfred Duma Local Municipality response to the letter entitled ‘Old meter or prepaid is still a rip-off’, dated September 28.
The municipality has almost 80% of its customers on prepaid meters and continues to encourage consumers to move to prepaid through a lower tariff incentive.
While some people have taken advantage of the lower prepaid tariffs, a small group remain on credit meters.
This results in additional costs being incurred by the municipality, i.r.o. meter reading, billing, etc.
A fixed monthly fee for credit meter customers will be proposed.
The tariff for prepaid is much cheaper than that of conventional meters.
Listed below are the rates for prepaid and conventional meters:
Credit meters are charged a R100 basic charge. Active energy charge per kwh consumed (inclining block tariff): 0-350kwh energy charge (R1.3280), 351-650kwh (R1.6365), 651-1500kwh (R1.9313) and >1500+ (R2.3597).
Prepayment tariff domestic: active energy charge per kWh (inclining block tariff): 0-100kwh (R1.0965), 101-350kwh (R1.1734), 351-650kwh (R1.6367) and >650+ (R1.9484).
Response to the question: Is the municipality now looking for quick cash to pocket? No consumers need to pay upfront for their electricity; rather wait for the bill at the end of the month.