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Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Bizwick Hassan Ligomba
Abstract: Presented by Bizwick Hassan Ligomba at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007


Water prepayment associated with poor hygiene practices

[img:SA Flag_0.jpg| ]Cape Town, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- May 16, 2007 –A new study conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa points to hygiene behaviors being generally worse in low income households with prepaid water than in those with regular billing.

The study, conducted for the Municipal Services Project by medical researchers Farhaad Haffejee, Mickey Chopra and David Sanders, set out to investigate the impact of the global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) campaign – and in particular hand washing practices – in a largely low income community in Johannesburg. The supply of water and associated services in the city has been contracted to the privately managed parastatal company, Johannesburg Water, which as part of its water service delivery, has implemented a large prepaid water meter pilot project in the township of Soweto.

Register now for African Utility Week

African Utility Week is less than three weeks away, and if you have not yet registered for this important power, water and gas event, time is running out! The City of Cape Town is once again the host utility and this is an appropriate time for planning and giving input into Africa's energy and water crises. The event is to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28 May - 1 June 2007.  

In 2006 there were over 1200 delegates. If you have not yet registered we urge you to do so as soon as possible, as space this year is limited.

African Utility Week includes four major industry events under one roof – the 6th annual South African Prepayment Week, 8th annual Metering, Billing/CRM Africa 2007, 9th annual Southern African Power Industry Convention 2007, and ESCO Africa.

The detailed and diverse programme will equip you to increase your understanding of developments in the power, water and gas sectors, and assist you with the tough decisions you are faced with every day with regard to generation technologies, tariffs, customer service, energy efficiency, demand side management, billing and metering systems.

There are over 70 industry experts speaking at the event, including:

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa: Conference Program 2007

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa

International Prepayment Week/ South African Prepayment Week

28 May - 31 May, 2007

To access the Conference Papers for SAPIC and ESCO Africa please click this link

(Please register as a user on the ESI Africa site and enter access code - For any further queries please contact Claire Volkwyn

Trade Lead: Pakistan – Energy meters

Country: Pakistan
Product/Service: 3-Phase 3- Element 4-Wire whole current energy meter with multi rate tariff (class -1)locally manufactured,sealed in Polycarbonate cover duly packed.
Type: Tender
Closing Date:8 May 2007
Reference: TRAD 30-07

Meter tampering a worldwide problem

kuwait flag webKuwait City, Kuwait --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2007 – Kuwait is just one of many countries facing the problem of unauthorized use of energy by consumers, resulting in revenue loss for utilities. The Ministry of Energy is, however, taking steps to reduce these losses.

World Bank funds pay-as-you-go meters in Nigeria

Nigerian FlagLagos, Nigeria --- (METERING.COM) --- April 2, 2007 – The World Bank has announced that it will spend $25 million on the installation of 125,000 pay-as-you-go, or prepayment, meters in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Tenders are presently being examined, and the contracts will be awarded as soon as possible.

Prepayment meters for Nigeria

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Kaduna, Nigeria --- (METERING.COM) --- March 27, 2007 – The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has announced that installation of its first prepayment (pay-as-you-go) meters will begin the first week in April in Kaduna.

The meters are being introduced in an effort to reduce the number of customer complaints about matters such as over-billing, payments not being recorded correctly, and incorrect disconnections, as well as to assure a constant revenue stream for the utility.  

Johannesburg adopts energy management initiatives

[img:AmosMasondo_0.jpg|Amos Masondo,
City of
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- March 9, 2007 – Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, will introduce energy management initiatives in an effort to compensate for expected winter power cuts by utility Eskom, which is suffering capacity problems. The initiatives include demand side measures such as the use of solar energy and installation of energy efficient equipment in water and waste water networks, according to mayor Amos Masondo.

Johannesburg Water’s prepayment system

Johannesburg Water, the water and sanitation service provider for the City of Johannesburg in South Africa, has embarked on a large-scale intervention project in Soweto, currently in its third phase. The project named ‘Operation Gcin’amanzi’ (‘Operation Conserve Water’) aims to address the severe water supply problems experienced in the area.

The project, started in July 2003, is expected to be completed in June 2008 and includes a range of technical and social interventions to reduce the high levels of unaccounted for water (one third of Johannesburg Water’s purchases from Rand Water are pumped into Soweto, 70% of which is unbilled) and to improve service delivery. A total of 170,000 properties will benefit from this project. Operation Gcin’amanzi (OGA) is designed to address issues including metering and billing of customers, network rehabilitation, water leaks, and water usage habits.

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