Numerous rsidents of Copperleaf Golf Estate electricity has been disconnected by the City of Tshwane. COT spokesperson Lindela Mashigo says several houses on the estate have been disconnected due to outstanding utility bills. The disconnections is part of the city’s campaign to recover debt from unpaid electricity bills and illegal connections. She said collectively they owe the city R16,4 million. Mashigo says that some residents have also bypassed their water and electricity meters.
At the same time the estate has denied the allegations, saying it does not owe the municipality any money. Mashigo said the are non-payers in that estate, theres also infrequent payers, meaning people who pay now and then not honouring payments on a monthly basis. Some of them do not pay at all, so the city went there to disconnect the illegal connections to water meters as well as to our electricity infrastructure as well as targeting those who are illegally connected but are not paying the municipality
Residents have claimed they pay for the club house, the golf course, the wastewater. Sayiying they have all their accounts of Copperleaf in good condition and we are actually the first ones to install the new smart meters, so we are prepaid.
It’s alleged 98 homes were disconnected due to outstanding payments, but none were disconnected for illegal connections. The estate has1187 stands and most of those that were disconnected were either vacant lands or owing the rates, or houses that are still under construction. Throughout the operation no house was found to be connected illegally claimed the residents.