3 March 2009 – A prepayment electricity system is on track to be launched in Swaziland next month, S’khumbuzo Tsabedze, Swaziland Electricity Company customer service general manager has been quoted as saying.
Tsabedze said in the Swazi Observer that the three year project would be implemented in three phases – first in the Manzini region, then in the Hhohho region and finally in the Shiselweni/Lubombo region.
The rollout follows a pilot project in Ngwane Park, Manzini, involving more than one thousand customers. As a result of the pilot, in which there was meter tampering, the meters will be mounted in elevated locations.
The prepayment project will cover 70,000 domestic and 11,000 commercial customers. All new connections will also be put on prepayment.