Johannesburg Water Moves to Install Prepaid Meters in Chiawelo
Wednesday 15 September 2004 by Ahmed
Presently, residents in Chiawelo (Soweto) are actively resisting Johannesburg water’s (JW) attempts to begin work on installing pre-paid water meters in the community. One APF activist has already been arrested.
Yesterday, JW began moving into the Chiawelo community (after having failed dismally to roll-out the pre-paid meters throughout the neighbouring community of Phiri) to dig pipe trenches for the installation of pre-paid water meters. Residents, alongside APF activists, immediately mobilised and suceeded in halting any further work. This morning, JW officials and contract workers returned, accompanied by a heavy police presence, and have been attempting to resume their work in face of continued community resistance. The situation remains tense.
For information on the scene contact Thabo on 072 952-4481. For comment contact Dale on 072 429-4086 or Trevor on 083 293-7691
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