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EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda tested the smart metering system before it went live.

Date: 2021-10-25 08:35:44

EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda tested the smart metering system before it went live.

A NEW smart metering system that will reduce glitches in the billing system was launched by eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda on 6 October. Mayor Kaunda said the system provides two-way communication between the customer and the Municipality.
“The system was created in response to complaints from customers about exorbitant water and electricity bills. The launch of the smart metering system will ensure that residents are not unfairly billed. It will also assist to prevent load shedding,” he said.

Mayor Kaunda said the system will prevent electricity and water theft. “It will also enhance our revenue collection and enable meter readings to be automatically uploaded. The City is currently rolling out this programme to its more than 700 000 customers.” Mayor Kaunda also unveiled the new Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit’s fleet during the launch. “This capital investment of over R185 million will improve waste management in eThekwini. This is critical to attract new investment. We will soon be unveiling a new landfill site in Ntshongweni which is the third pillar of our Waste Management Plan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Kaunda introduced the contractor that will be undertaking work to alleviate water and aging infrastructure challenges in Chatsworth, Welbedaht and surrounding areas. The contractor will undertake the replacement of water reticulation pipes and
ancillary works in wards 70, 73 and 77. Speaking at a community engagement where the contractor was introduced to the community on 8 October, Mayor Kaunda said the completed upgrade will reduce water loss as well as increase the water supply available. “There will be a reduction in burst pipes and water interruptions due to repairs of the reticulation system. The Municipality has set aside R4 million for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years for a stormwater upgrade in ward 70. Ablution facilities will also be installed to ensure adequate provision of services for residents,” he said.

Mayor Kaunda said the upgrade of turnstiles at Chatsworth Stadium and a new swimming pool was being built in ward 73.