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JHB City Power shuts off electricity to Hillbrow flats owed more than 5 million rand

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The utility’s first attempt to turn off the power failed last week after residents attacked an employee.

BREAKING: Joburg City Power visits an apartment in Hillbrow where the building owes more than R5 million. Image: Allpha Ramushwana/Twitter.

HILLBROW – Johannesburg City Power is returning to Hillbrow to complete an operation to cut off power to a housing estate that is owed more than R5 million.

The utility’s first attempt to turn off the power failed last week after residents attacked an employee.

CEO Tsifulara Mashawa said she was confident City Power would successfully complete operations on Monday.

The owners of a block of flats with broken windows reportedly owe City Power millions of rands.

It is said that the tenants have not paid for electricity for more than three years.

Mashawa said the housing block is hampering the city’s revenue collection: “As a city government, we are obviously under pressure to ensure that we collect revenue because this is electricity that we buy from Eskom.

She said that some tenants do not pay, and most do not pay at all.

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