|Zesa to roll out pre-paid meters|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00|
Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
The power utility has since signed contracts with four companies to install the 24 000 test meters for the pilot project.
If the project succeeds, Zesa says the selected suppliers will bring more meters for the official introduction of the system in July.
“The four suppliers will firstly supply 6 000 meters each which will be used for the pilot project that starts on June 1 to the end of June. If we are satisfied with the meters, then the much-awaited pre-paid system will start on July 1.
“More meters will be brought for installation,” said Eng Chinembiri.
Harare Residents’ Trust spokesperson Mr Precious Shumba said the billing system at Zesa was chaotic.
“If one visits most households in Harare, it will be discovered that some figures on the bills will be higher that the numbers on the meters. They are just estimates used in an environment where load-shedding reigns supreme,” said Mr Shumba.
“The tariffs are not consistent with the consumers’ earnings. Even if the pre-paid system is introduced, part of the money paid will be diverted to settling the previous huge debts that emanated from estimates.
“Such debts should be written off,” he said.
The programme, ZETDC says, was a measure to manage power shortfalls due to power generation and importation constraints.
“The power shortfall is being managed through load-shedding in order to balance power supply and demand,” read the ZETDC statement.