Tshwane to replace smart meters

Tshwane metro has opted not to acquire the so-called smart meters of the service provider Peu and its subsidiary, TUMS.

This comes after the Pretoria High Court’s ruling setting aside the R950 million contract as unlawful and overturning every aspect of the smart meter-rollout and implementation.

The court gave the city 14 days to decide whether it wanted to keep the smart meter infrastructure or not, and make a submission of what a just and equitable remedy would entail.

MMC for corporate and shared services Cilliers Brink said the city wanted to replace the almost 13 000 meters with their own to ensure value for money and affordable electricity.

The city also proposed that a reduced rate be paid to Peu for electricity consumption on its 13 000 meters until the city extricated itself from its relationship with Peu.

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“The high court judgment is a massive victory for clean tender processes, and value for ratepayers’ money. It has boosted city coffers with R950 million and given us a chance to stop the financial haemorrhaging caused by the Peu deal,” he said.

“In the coming weeks, Peu and the applicants in the matter AfriBusiness, will have an opportunity to respond to the city’s submissions.”

Brink said in the meantime, there would be no interruption of services to consumers with Peu meters.

“Although we are subject to the processes of the court, the city hopes to be rid of Peu and their meters before the end of the current financial year in June 2018.”


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