CoW to replace electricity credit meters to prepaid meters

30 Nov 2017 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) plans to replace 1 000 electricity credit meters with prepayment credit meters before the end of the 2017/2018 financial year.
This activity is targeted at the homes of pensioners and defaulters.
Credit meters allow residents to use electricity and only pay for it at the end of every month, while prepayment meters require residents to buy electricity at their desired amounts at any time without accumulating additional costs.
The replacement of electricity meters was discussed during a monthly City Council meeting here on Tuesday.
“Once the prepayment meters have been installed it will withhold some of the City’s problems with defaulters,” said Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua during the meeting.
Council said that it is currently faced with about 7 300 households that collectively owe in excess of N.dollars 37 million in outstanding electricity payments.
Council has availed N.dollars 3 million for the conversion.
However, the conversion to prepayment meters is made difficult because most of defaulters are unable to settle their arrears with the City. Households first have to settle their outstanding accounts before a translation/conversion can be done.
Over 1 000 pensioners have already registered with the City to convert to prepayment meters, but due to the limited budgetary resources the City will not be able to convert all pensioners to repayment meters within one year, said Kazapua.