The City of Johannesburg has a billing crisis, says member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance, Rabelani Dagada.
Dagada says the City has several measures to address the problem.
He says they will reduce estimations of consumption and introduce audits.
In Cape Town, the actual reading of meters per month is around 95% coverage, and in Johannesburg, it's less than 50%.— Rabelani Dagada, City of Joburg MMC for finance
The bylaw in Johannesburg says we can estimate your electricity consumption for three months, for water we can estimate for six months. This is unattainable, we also have to change these bylaws.— Rabelani Dagada, City of Joburg MMC for finance
And we have to move to a situation where we do actual readings, and our target should be 95% just like in Cape Town.— Rabelani Dagada, City of Joburg MMC for finance
Dagada says he will also take over the responsibilities of reading meters from Joburg Water and City Power to ensure proper political supervision.
The other element that's I'm going to bring in is the audit. If somebody is going to read meters, 10% will be audited. And if you are going terminate services, again there will be a follow-up in terms of auditing.— Rabelani Dagada, City of Joburg MMC for finance
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Also take a listen to the MMC in conversation with 702's Redi Tlhabi: