Smart prepaid meters: Eskom seeks 32k for Johannesburg area

Eskom tender for smart prepaid meters
Eskom, which is owed US$381 million by municipal customers, is tendering for over 32,000 smart prepaid meters

South Africa’s parastatal utility Eskom has issued a tender for the supply and delivery of 32,885 smart prepaid meters for deployment in the city of Johannesburg.

Tender deadline: 18 August, 2015

Eskom plans to install the residential meters at customers’ homes in the suburbs of Sandton and Midrand.

The state utility will award preference points to suppliers with original and valid B-BBEE (broad-based black economic empowerment) status.

The deadline for tender submission is 10h00 on 18 August, 2015 (CAT).

For further details on tender number CORP3310, contact Eskom’s commercial representative Tshifhiwa Modau by calling +27 11 629 5553 or emailing

Smart prepaid meters to recover debts

In May 2015, Brian Molefe, the interim CEO of beleaguered utility Eskom, said that installing prepaid smart meters in its service areas could help the company recover from unpaid bulk bills.

Eskom is faced with arrears debts of US$381 million (ZAR4.6 billion) from municipalities that distribute electricity on the utility’s behalf.

Earlier in May, Eskom set a deadline for the top 20 defaulting municipalities to settle their accounts by 5 June 2015 or be disconnected from bulk electricity supply.

Despite half of the top 20 defaulting municipalities reaching agreements with the state utility, Mr Molefe is keen to trial smart meter pilots in 12 municipalities to improve revenue collection as many municipalities do not have a plan or controls for collecting payment for water and electricity, according to the Department of Cooperative Governance.

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