Today, 1 March 2019, the City of Tshwane started to disconnect and remove the Peu smart meters and to replace them with its own meters.
This follows last year's Gauteng High Court ruling which set aside the roll-out of smart meters which was administered by Peu Capital Partners' subsidiary TUMS. The court found the contract between the City of Tshwane and Peu Capital Partners and its subsidiary TUMS to be unlawful. About 13 000 smart meters for domestic, commercial and industrial users had been installed by the time the roll-out was discontinued.
Cllr Abel Tau, the member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Utility Services, said: "We are taking over the administration of the 13 000 meters that were managed by TUMS. The process started today, the 1st of March 2019, with the disconnection and removal of the Peu smart meters to replace them with our own meters. The City has appointed a task team, constituted by employees from our departments of Utility Services, Finance, technicians from ICT and a team from the service providers, to oversee the project of disconnecting and removal of TUMS meters. In the next four months, this team will be replacing and reconnecting the City's meters, collecting consumer data and transaction history of all the removed meters and further implementing the alternative metering system."
The City has allocated about R85 million under its capex budget for the smooth and successful takeover of the smart meters.
Cllr Tau also said that the City is working with service providers as it endeavours to ensure that there are minimal interruptions to services as a result of the disconnection and removal of the Peu meters. The City hopes to complete the process within the planned four-month period.
Cllr Abel Tau: MMC for Utility Services
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