MEDIA STATEMENT OF CENTLEC (SOC) LTD ON RECENT EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE

MEDIA STATEMENT OF CENTLEC (SOC) LTD ON RECENT EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE

10:10, Thu, 27 Oct 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT OF CENTLEC (SOC) LTD ON RECENT EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE

Centlec (SOC) LTD experienced a decline in revenue since July 2015, this therefore prompted the office of the CEO Centlec (SOC) LTD to create and identify a Revenue Protection Task Team consisting of managers and General Managers with the intention of facilitating a holistic, uniform and company –wide approach to addressing this serious problem.

A 10 member Revenue Task Team unit consisting of employees was selected within and their main mandate was to investigate illegal connections, meter tampering/ bypassing, copper theft and to further perform follow ups where disconnections were done, to make sure that customers had not illegally reconnected their electricity supply.

With the effective implementation of the turnaround strategy by Centlec (SOC) Ltd we saw huge impact in which a number of 42 illegal connections in the area of Botshabelo alone was discovered in just a week’s time which resulted in recovery of an amount of R800 000-00 (Eight hundred thousand rands).

The situation prompted the management to zoom into the unit Metering and Revenue Protection (RP) section and take a decision to rotate the entire team and replace them with other employees from other sections. This was implemented with effect from the 17th October 2016.

Some of the employees in the Metering and Revenue Protection then started to embark on an unprotected strike in objection to the action taken to rotate the staff.It be noted rotation of staff is a standard practice within the institution.

“It is so unfortunate that amongst of our workforce few of them had succumbed to the temptation of corruption and bribery and become involved in illegal electricity connections, meter tampering/bypassing and copper theft “said the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Nzimeni Mgoqi.

Illegal connections and tampering/bypassing and copper theft are nowconsidered a very serious infringement and customers found to have illegalconnections are required to do affidavit stating whether the person responsible forillegal conduct was an employee of Centlec or not and if so whether he/she canbe identified said CEO Mr. Mgoqi.

Centlec (SOC) LTD appeals to all its customers not to be tempted to be involvedin these kind of crime and they must desist been corrupted.

Customers allowing this will ultimately be in the receiving end as their electricitysupply will be cut off and slapped with a huge fine that may amount to a maximum R10 000.00 or more.

In light of this we wish to state that not all Centlec (SOC) Ltd employees areinvolved nor participate in these wrong things. It is just very few who continues tobe out of line. We have within our system those who are dedicated and committedto work and to serve this institution and its community with honesty and pride.Management of Centlec wishes to applaud them for their good service.

Statement issued by: Office of the Chief Executive, Centlec (SOC) LTD

Enquiries: Mr Lele Mamatu

Cell Number: 082 857 2299


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