City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, has assured some residents of Soweto that City Power will start supplying them with electricity, taking over this service from national power supplier, Eskom.
Matongo said this during an oversight visit to Jabulani in Soweto on Friday.
Residents held protests this week over the lack of electricity in other areas such as Diepkloof and Chiawelo. Matongo said more than 40 areas in the City of Johannesburg are affected by electricity supply problems.
“I spoke to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of City Power yesterday and they said they procured four of the mini substations. Eskom is also getting some of the substations. The problem involves 42 areas so we need 42 of those substations,” he said.
The mayor said City Power would eventually take over some areas in Johannesburg, including Soweto, but part of the immediate solution is to get more mini-substations.
He said places like Rockville will be prioritized.
“The are places which haven’t had electricity for longer periods and people have been suffering there. For instance places like Rockville have been without power for almost a year now, so it becomes a priority,” said the mayor.
Matongo said switching on the lights also depends on the availability of mini-substations from the suppliers.
Residents of Soweto owe Eskom more than R7-billion in electricity debt.