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Electricity vendor suspended for charging additional fees

by Staff Reporter
on 04 Oct 2007
The Bellville Website
The Bellville Website

The city council has suspended an electricity vendor for charging consumers additional fees. The suspension has affected the sale of electricity at Pick n Pay and Shoprite stores in Bellville, Parow and Goodwood.

Hoosain Essop, head of vending systems for the City of Cape Town, said the they had been having problems with one of the vendors for a long time, and after countless negotiations, have decided to cut the electricity supply that this specific company provides.

Essop said that one of the disputes was in regard to the differences shown on the receipt that a consumer would receive if they purchased electricity from this provider. Normally, the receipt would show that the City of Cape Town charges a service fee. On the affected receipts this has been changed and the company also charges an additional connection fee. This difference reflects badly on the City and consumers query why they are being charged a service fee and a connection fee as well.

It is not clear when the service will resume.

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