As Joburg residents suffer load shedding, it’s come to light that a full 28.17% of the electricity Johannesburg’s City Power purchased in the financial year to June 2014 was lost (2013: 26%) – the biggest chunk through meter tampering and theft. The losses have soared since then. From June to December 28.8% was lost, City Power told Moneyweb.
Energy Measurement Consulting technical director Eric Bott says the 3.5 million MWh of electricity lost in that year would have been enough to supply 600 000 middle class households for a year.
The monetary value of these losses amounts to R2.3 billion in 2013/14, comprising R1.5 billion as a result of non-technical losses (theft and meter tampering) and R742 million as a result of technical losses, according to City Power’s Annual Report.
These values are calculated at cost. City Power says in its annual report if the electricity lost due to theft and meter tampering was sold, the city could have earned R3 billion. This is double the potential value of such losses in the previous financial year.
Of the 28.17% in the 2014 financial year, 9% was due to technical losses, which is not much higher than the norm of 8% for big cities, says Ratings Afrika analyst Leon Claassen.
But non-technical losses came to 19.17 %. This is a huge issue, he says.
City Power says non-technical losses are a result of among other things theft, the by-passing of meters, illegal decallibration of meters, damaged meters, faulty voltage and current transformers, billing errors and customers without meters.
The entity says it is trying to curb non-technical losses by installing automated metering systems, replacing faulty meters, the automation of systems to acquire new customers and change meters, an anonymous hotline to report theft, vandalism and tampering and random and targeted audits, followed by the removal of illegal connections and normalising supply.
City Power told Moneyweb it has set up a task team to address the problem and improve revenue collection, recover lost revenue and achieve accurate billing for large power users and domestic customers.
“The project has a six-month lifespan and we expect to see the outcomes over the next two years,” the entity told Moneyweb.
Bott , who has assisted City Power in some of its investigations, says corporate electricity theft overshadows that at residential level and many of the big culprits are electricity resellers. “The problem is that the cases have to go to court and it can take very long to recover the money.”
He says about 50 people have already been arrested as a result of City Power’s efforts to curb electricity theft, many of them officials who assist the culprits.
City Power’s sales dropped by almost 9% in the 2013/14 financial year and its revenue increased by a mere 0.07%, in spite of an average 7.05% tariff increase. The gross margin shrunk from 34.72% in the previous financial year to 27.6%.
Classen says the huge amount of money that City Power is losing is of great concern, since it could have been spent on service delivery. He says it raises questions about the management of the enitity. “The infrastructure is there; management should see to it that it is well managed and the money is collected.”
He says the loss in revenue will impact on City Power’s ability to do the necessary maintenance, which may lead to a further increase in technical losses. “Maintenance is the first place where people cut if revenue is under pressure.”
Claassen said City Power is of critical importance to the City of Joburg and its finances.
In 2013/14 more than half of the city’s revenue was from service charges and electricity income represented 61% of that – down from 63% in the previous financial year.
He said Johannesburg makes the biggest contribution to South Africa’s GDP and if production in this hub is hampered due to problems with City Power’s operations or finances it can impact the whole economy.
– Antoinette Slabbert Moneyweb
Grammy, ACM, CMA and Emmy winning country legend Hank Williams Jr. will light up lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, April 10 for the 5th Annual NRA Country Jam, presented by Bushnell with Folds of Honor.
The concert, free and open to the public, will rock the streets of Music City and is sure to be a great night for visitors and locals alike. Visit www.NRACountry.com for the latest event news and information.
“I have been an avid outdoorsman and proud card carrying member of the NRA for years,” says Hank Williams Jr. “Performing in Nashville for my fellow NRA members is going to be fun as they are exactly my people.”
The concert adds to an exciting week in downtown Nashville, as the Friday night show takes place during the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The event, which regularly draws more than 70,000 attendees, is set at the Music City Center for 2015 and includes acres of the latest products in firearms, accessories, apparel; addresses by national leaders; and a variety of family friendly events all across the city.
Prior NRA Country Jam performers have included country stars Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, Kevin Fowler and Trace Adkins.
Be sure to get NRA COUNTRY CONNECTED and JOIN the FREE Fan Club at NRACountry.com. Membership includes access to online concerts, fan club parties, contests, VIP meet & greets, exclusive content from your favorite country artists and other special offers and discounts on great outdoor gear and merchandise!
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Seriously… I don’t know how anyone could keep their lunch down while riding this Batman-inspired torture device. Coming next year to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio (Fiesta means “party” in Spanish… but I hardly see how revisiting lunch can be a “party’). The “4D” ride features six flips and two free-fall drops… you know, to make sure your cookies spread evenly among the spectators on the ground.
LONG TIME OPRY PICKER LEAVES THE STAGE In 1953, Jimmy Wilson graduates from Howard High School. He becomes a member of Little Jimmy Dickens’ Country Boys. His guitar shines on Faron Young’s Sweet Dreams (1956), Ray Price’s My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (1957) and Skeeter Davis’ smash hit The End of the World (1962). Wilson exits Ray Price’s band and becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry house band and remains for 53 years. On Thursday, February 26, 2015 Jimmy [Spider] Wilson dies at 79.
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CLEAR CHANNEL LEAVES THE BUILDING When the Telecommunications Act of 1996 becomes law, Clear Channel goes on a buying spree to grab over 1,200 radio stations. On Friday, November 17, 2006 CC sells one-third of its radio assets. In 2010, Clear Channel faces bankruptcy. On September 16, 2014, CC Communications becomes iHeartMedia with 858 radio stations. On March 4, 2015 iHeartMedia sells its corporate building in San Antonio, TX to a local developer who converts the edifice into multitenant office space.
HOUSTON’S KILT FM LASSOS ANOTHER BULL In November 2014, Greg Thunder exits KILT FM (100.3 The Bull) Houston, TX after four years. In April 2014, Thunder’s co-host Corey Foley also leaves. CBS Country KILT FM fills its desolate morning show with Alpha Media Hot AC WXMA FM (102.3 The Max) Louisville, KY PD/Morning Host George Lindsey. George’s co-hosts Linda Lambert and Jesse Rasmussen remain in mornings on WXMA FM. Midday DJ Sarah Jordan is its new Interim Program Director.
MARGO AND TRACY VACATE TREASURE VALLEY Morning show personalities Tracy Mitchell and Margo Vaughn on KTHI FM (107.1) Boise, ID on the air for almost two decades in the Treasure Valley call it quits. Tracy & Margo announce on Tuesday morning, February 24, 2015 that their last day on the air is Friday, March 13th. Mitchell tells The Idaho Statesman: We both enjoy life and like to see the humorous side. Vaughn says in a press release: We both have projects on the table that we’re excited about.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the Friday the 13th Storm strike Buffalo, New York? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Billy Thorman Friday, March 6, 2015. •SIMON CONWAY afternoon host on WHO-1040 Des Moines, IA pulls double-duty when he adds morning show on iHeartMedia sister News/Talk WMT-600 Cedar Rapids. •WNEW FM CBS Radio (99.1) Washington, DC drops Westwood One syndicated Overnight Americawith Jon Grayson and returns to all-news & information overnights. •STEVE MCCOY is new morning host on Cumulus WYAY FM (News Radio 106.7) Atlanta-Gainesville, GA on Monday, March 1, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 FRED STONE actor (The Westerner – 1940) dies on March 6th at 85. •1960 ELVIS PRESLEY discharges from the Army on March 5th. •1970 THE BEATLES release Let it Be in UK on March 6th. •1983 GEORGE JONES marries Nancy Sepulveda in his sister Helen Scroggins’ home in Woodville, TX. The twosome’s wedding-night dine is at a Burger King in Jasper, TX. •1996 10TH AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS on March 6th. •2006 MIRANDA LAMBERT’s first Gold single is Kerosene on March 6th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Hi, Jim and Suzie, First helicopter this old reporter ever sees is a little Bell with LBJ in it flying in a circle over the square in Carthage (TX) with a bull horn shouting for us to come to a cow pasture right outside town to hear him speak. This is right after WWII. Sure nuff…everybody starts running toward the cow pasture where the chopper lands and LBJ gets out and speaks for a few minutes then takes off again. That was quite a show for a little deep East Texas podunk town. Tom
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GARY DELAUNE [ex KLIF-1190 news/KENS TV CH 5 Sports Director] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke. Hey Jim; Bruce Hathaway and I heard about Frenchie Burke’s serious financial crisis so we contacted Trey Ware of KTSA, Jerry King of KKYX along with morning personalities Sonny Rios and Hector Reyes. Frenchie has had a recent stroke, his wife, Sarah, broke her leg so they are in bad shape. We have set up a Frenchie Burke Love fund at Lytle State Bank: P.O. Box 575: Lytle, Texas 78052. Frenchie has always been first in line to play for charity events. We are trying to pay him back. We hope to arrange a benefit for him in the near future. Gary DeLaune
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DUANE ALLEN [Lead singer Oak Ridge Boys] (Hendersonville, TN) Those were great days, Jim….and, I appreciate every single spin. I guess Roger Ramsey was bugging you to play us????
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Jimmy It’s a 2 man job in West Virginia…home of the Big Ohio River running right thru the middle of the state. I will be a Tech Support Assist. on a job…wire installer – Circuit tester etc etc; Round trip in a SUV, all meals paid for, Motel and a Tech Fee in cash. I like cash…more radio stuff I can buy – test equipment and parts. I am also building a New Equipment Rack – that cost dough!!!! How you doing? Dave
TRIVIA ANSWER: On Friday, October 13, 2006 the Friday the 13th Storm strikes Buffalo, New York. In the unusual early-season snow storm, also known as the Arborgeddon Storm, Columbus Day Massacre and theOctoblizzard, an estimated 400,000 people are without power on Friday the 13th.
JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) I have a new printer (old one died) and it was time to change out the starter toner cartridges. I went to the machine and then got stymied. I didn’t want to hurt the printer by not changing the cartridges properly and what was worse, I couldn’t even get to the cartridges to replace the ink! So, I ended up going back to Staples for some help. When a staff member asked if he could help me, I told him yes, that I had my Doofus Hat on and that got several laughs from staff members. The gentleman led me to the printers and even HE NEEDED A MINUTE to figure out what to do to replace the cartridges properly on the Epson printer I had just gotten from them (sigh). I suddenly didn’t feel quite as stupid as I did when I went into the place! And yes, when I got home, the printer cartridges got changed!
PATRICK HRUBY (ESPN writer and journalist) Doofusdom does not discriminate on the basis of gender!
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. This planet you inhabit is in such a big mess that sometimes you feel overwhelmed. Just watching the news on television can make you anxious. World events and economies seem to be spinning out of control more and more. This is why it’s so very important to focus on Me and consider who I am: the Beginning and the End. I-the Creator of this planet-transcend time. I know the end of this world’s story just as well as I know its beginning.
I not only know how everything will turn out, but I am absolutely Sovereign. I am the Almighty; nothing is beyond My control. The more helpless you feel as you face the challenges in your life, the more comforting it is to trust that I am all-powerful. Remember that I am also compassionate. I am the Lord who comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. You can transcend your troubles because I am both powerful and compassionate. So you have good reason to rejoice; sometimes you may even burst into song!
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. -Revelation 1:8 nkjv
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. -Psalm 91:1-2 esv
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. -Isaiah 49:13