Ekurhuleni is introducing a debt relief plan to help historically indebted residents and reviewing its threshold for indigent applications.
While continuing to provide 50kW free electricity units, the metro will also engage provincial and national government for a solution to supply more free basic units, mayor Tania Campbell told residents at a mass meeting on Friday.
Campbell, who was responding to a memorandum by Thembisa residents, said she understood the past few months have not been easy for most residents, given the petrol price hikes, electricity price increases and loss of jobs during the Covid-19 period.
“We have identified measures that are being implemented with immediate effect while some [solutions] will be a long-term process. Other issues that are a bit complex will receive more attention on an ongoing basis.
“We are pleased electricity has been restored within most parts of Thembisa after the destruction of the substation a few days ago. This is the first step we took to restore services to the people,” she said.
She indicated the municipality has developed an aggressive debt rehabilitation programme that will assist residents with historic debts.