Smart prepaid meter initiative launched in City of Tshwane


Executive Mayor,
Tshwane South Africa — (METERING.COM) — April 5, 2013 – The City of Tshwane’s smart metering project was launched Tuesday, under which all Tshwane residents will receive smart prepaid electricity meters.

The project forms part of the city’s Security of Revenue project, which aims to improve service, monitor power consumption and reduce costs.

“The plan is a significant milestone in modernizing, upgrading and improving the efficiency of services in the city,” said Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. “This world class system is a game changer with multiple key benefits. Residents will gain control over their usage, customer service will be greatly improved through elimination of queries related to electricity billing, earlier recognition of faults will become easier through increased data access, and illegal connections can also be identified quickly, reducing technical losses.”

The initiative forms part of the City’s recently launched Growth and Development Strategy, with a vision of making Tshwane an all-inclusive, liveable city, with a cohesive society enjoying a high quality of life and access to social and economic opportunities by 2055.

Within this, the Smart City “game changer” includes the modernization of electricity distribution and smart metering.

Key goals include overcoming the problems of inaccurate billing and revenue losses, as well as expanding coverage of power to new users.

Installation of the new meters is expected to start in July across all seven regions in the city.