Eskom General Manager, Bandile Jack confirms that Eskom will waive Soweto residents' debts payments as an incentive to convert to prepaid meters.
The Department of Public Enterprises first revealed this in a written reply in Parliament on Wednesday.
The department was responding to a question by Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone, who asked whether “there are any plans to waive debts owed by residents of Soweto to Eskom for services rendered”.
According to Jack about 40 thousand prepaid meters have been installed.
We will first install the prepaid meter, we monitor the behavior of a customer for a period of three years. And in that period we have parked the debt. If you as a customer shows good behaviors, then we will look at what do we do with the debt.— Bandile Jack, Eskom General Manager
We're not scrapping the debt. We're parking it and monitor your behavior. The main thing is we want to incentivise customers to demonstrate good behavior to buy and bypass our meters.— Bandile Jack, Eskom General Manager
After three years we then have a conversation with you. We might scrap the debt.— Bandile Jack, Eskom General Manager
Listen to the full interview below