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City teams on standby to help update prepaid electricity meters in Atlantis, Pella and Mamre <h4>​Do it yourself</h4><p>When making a purchase customers in Atlantis, Mamre and Pella, they will receive two 20-digit update codes along with their usual prepaid token. The updating of meters is being done in phases, starting off with Atlantis, Mamre and Pella from 1 November 2021. Customers who do not live in the area that is currently earmarked for updating will not be eligible to update their meters yet and will not automatically receive update codes with their normal purchase until their time comes. Update codes will be issued with purchases in areas across the metro in phases in accordance with the area schedule (see below).</p><p>Customers may follow these easy steps to enter the update codes when their area is scheduled for the update:<br>When your area is being updated in accordance with the update schedule, you will get two UPDATE codes with your purchase. </p><p>1. Enter the first 20-digit update code and wait for it to accept.<br>2. Enter the second 20-digit update code and wait for it to accept.<br>3. Enter your usual 20-digit token to recharge your units as normal.</p><p>Most customers prefer updating their own meters. Those who require assistance are encouraged to contact the City by:</p><ul><li>SMS: 31220</li><li>Email: <a href="mailto:power@capetown.gov.za">power@capetown.gov.za</a></li><li>Phone: Call Centre: 0860 103 089</li></ul><p>City teams are currently standing by to help update prepaid meters in Atlantis, Mamre and Pella in November and December 2021. </p><p>From 1 January 2022, the update codes and City updating assistance will be available in Blouberg, Melkbosstrand, Table View, Parklands and Milnerton; and other metro areas will follow over the next two years. </p><p>When teams visit a property to assist with the updating, all Covid-19 health and safety protocols are being followed. <br>Teams carry identification and work order numbers. <br>Phone the City’s Call Centre for verification if required. </p><h4>Frequently asked questions – Prepaid electricity meter software update (token identification update – TID)</h4><p>1. Why must prepaid electricity meters be updated?</p><p>The current pre-paid electricity metering software will expire in 2024 for all prepaid electricity meters in South Africa. <br>Pre-paid meters must be updated or you won’t be able to recharge your meter with new tokens and won’t have power supply. Updates to the software of prepaid electricity meters will happen in a phased approach across the metro to ensure all meters are updated ahead of the deadline. Only when an area is reached for updating, as per the schedule, will customers get the UPDATE codes with their normal purchase. Customers not in an area that has not been reached yet as per the schedule, will not be eligible to update their meter yet. </p><p>2. Which meters must be updated? <br>All prepaid electricity meters in South Africa. The City of Cape Town has 570 000 pre-paid meters. </p><p>3. By when must meters be updated?    <br>By December 2024 and it will be done in phases. </p><p>4. Will all customers be able to update their meters immediately? </p><p>  No. </p><p> City prepaid meters are being updated in accordance with an area schedule. Only when an area is being updated as per the schedule, will update codes be issued when making a purchase. Update codes will not be issued to areas not earmarked for the updating in a certain month and customers in areas that have not yet been reached for updating, will not yet be eligible to update their meters. </p><p>5. How should meters be updated? <br>Most customers prefer updating their own meters. They are able to easily update their own meters when making an electricity purchase. <br>When making a purchase from 1 November 2021 in the Atlantis, Pella and Mamre areas (and then subsequent areas on the schedule), two 20-digit update codes will be included, along with the usual electricity token as soon as the programme is in your area and you are eligible for the update. Please see schedule which will be available soon on <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/">www.capetown.gov.za</a>. </p><h4>Follow these easy steps to enter your update codes WHEN your area is scheduled for the update:</h4><ul><li>Enter the first 20 digits update code and wait for it to accept.</li><li>Enter the second 20 digits update code and wait for it to accept.</li><li>Enter your 20 digits token to recharge your units as normal.</li></ul><p>6. Will the update codes work on all types of pre-paid electricity meters? <br>Yes, as soon as the codes are received, but only when an earmarked area for updating has been reached in accordance with the schedule.  </p><p>7. For how long is the update codes valid? <br>The two 20-digit update codes must be entered into the meter immediately after it has been supplied as no other recharge token will be accepted by the meter. </p><p>8. What happens if I throw away my slip, will I be able to get the two 20-digit codes again?<br>The customer would have to call the City to get the code, currently there is no way to get a copy at a vendor.<br>Take a picture of the slip; or make a note of the two 20-digit update codes. </p><p>9. What if I can’t update my own meter? <br>City teams are visiting areas across the metro according to a schedule over the next two years. They started in Atlantis, Mamre and Pella and will move to the areas on the schedule over time. </p><p>10. How do I verify whether a person coming to my home to assist me with an update is from the City? <br>All Covid-19 health and safety protocols will be followed and teams will carry identification and work order numbers. Customers may phone the City’s Call Centre for verification. </p><p>11. If my area is not on the schedule, will areas be visited again?<br>We plan to go area by area and then at a later date revisit any meters that are not complete regardless of the area. This mop up operation is currently planned for later 2023 and early 2024.</p><p>12. I am in line for the City’s ongoing meter replacement programme (to replace old infrastructure), will the new meter be software compliant once installed? Would I need to update the code? <br>New meters installed will eventually all be updated but we are working through older stock at the moment and the older stock even though newly installed would need to be updated; the new compliant-ready meters are in the City stock stores now. Some of the field staff are already updating the meters if they are on site doing a meter change or site inspection.</p><p>13. Will my old unused tokens still work after the upgrade? <br>No, all old tokens must be entered prior to the update being completed.</p><p>14. Where do I find the work schedule and schedule for when update tokens will be issued per area? <br>The schedule will be available asap on <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/">www.capetown.gov.za</a></p><p> <span style="font-family:"century gothic",sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><font color="#000000">TOKEN IDENTIFIER ROLL-OUT PLAN: KEY CHANGE TOKEN PROJECT SCHEDULE</font></strong></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default" style="text-align:center;"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;text-align:center;">​AREA</th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" style="width:50%;text-align:center;">​PERIOD IN WHICH KEY CHANGE TOKENS WILL BE ISSUED</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Atlantis <br>Mamre<br>Pella</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​November – December 2021</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Blouberg<br>Melkbosstrand<br>Milnerton<br>Parklands<br>Table View </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​January 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Goodwood<br>Parow<br>Plattekloof</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">February 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Durbanville<br>Eversdal<br>Kenridge<br>Welgemoed<br>Joostenberg Vlakte</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​March – April 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Maitland<br>Epping<br>Kalksteenfontein<br>Langa<br>Pinelands</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​May – June 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Airport/Crossroads<br>Bishop Lavis<br>Delft<br>Elsies River<br>Gugulethu </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​July – August 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Brackenfell<br>Kraaifontein<br>Kuils River<br>Avalon Estate<br>Vredekloof</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​September – October 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Bellville<br>Blackheath<br>Blue Downs<br>Eerste River </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​November – December 2022</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Rondebosch<br>Newlands<br>Hanover Park<br>Camps Bay<br>Cape Town<br>Green Point<br>Sea Point<br>Signal Hill/ Table Mountain<br>Observatory<br>Paarden Eiland</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">January – February 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Athlone<br>Manenberg</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​March – April 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Bergvliet<br>Constantia<br>Diep River<br>Hout Bay<br>Plumstead<br>Wynberg</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​May 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Cape Point<br>Fish Hoek<br>Kalk Bay<br>Kommetjie<br>Muizenberg<br>Noordhoek<br>Ocean View<br>Simon’s Town<br>Tokai<br>Khayelitsha<br>Macassar</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">June 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Mitchells Plain</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​July – August 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Grassy Park<br>Ottery<br>Pelican Park<br>Philippi</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">​September – October 2023</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​Gordons Bay </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;">November 2023 – December 2023</td></tr></tbody></table><br> <p><strong>Again: it must be noted that only when a specific area is reached as per this schedule, will UPDATE codes be issued with the normal electricity token when a purchase is made. </strong></p><p> <br><strong>End</strong></p> 2021-11-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#cc276518-1a17-47ba-990f-978d60f522c2;L0|#0cc276518-1a17-47ba-990f-978d60f522c2|electricity meter;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#af13a260-b06d-419a-84b4-c48b72ae285a;L0|#0af13a260-b06d-419a-84b4-c48b72ae285a|Atlantis;GP0|#2fef5cac-86db-47b7-8776-bd713b1a8c03;L0|#02fef5cac-86db-47b7-8776-bd713b1a8c03|Mamre10

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