Last week in Parliament, during public hearings, Eskom told members of parliament that 49 000 Soweto residents had signed up for the smart meters since they were introduced in 2013.
A portfolio committee hearing on public enterprises and cooperative governance and traditional affairs heard of the challenges confronting Eskom regarding these prepaid meters.
Daphne Mokwena, Eskom's operations and maintenance manager, says of the 49 000 installed, 28 000 have been converted to prepaid. She says Eskom's target was to have 180 000 meters installed currently but experienced hiccups along the way.
To get them to understand and to buy into the concept of prepaid takes a while and wouldn't be a walk in the park.— Daphne Mokwena, Eskom's operations and maintenance manager
Mokwena says the resistance towards prepaid metres stems largely from affordability and billing issues.
For the full interview listen to the audio below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Soweto residents resist prepaid electricity meters