There’s only one thing that I hate doing more than putting petrol in my car – that’s buying electricity… the pain of drawing cash, then going to the local cafe or garage to get that electricity token is sooo painful! But that was until I found other ways of buying electricity without even getting into my car :)
You still get your free units per month and there are no extra costs.
After registering I can now purchase electricity (for no extra charge) using my credit card. I can use my PC or my cell phone's browser or use SMS to purchase.
Using my credit card is much more convenient (no more queuing for cash, and for purchasing the electricity), and so it's safer too! [those ATMs are becoming dangerous]
Additionally, if I run out of electricity in the middle of the night then I can purchase more by sending an SMS from home.
Oh, and the cherry on the top is that the bill comes at the end of the month along with "reward points" and even cash back discount.
Here is a list of sites that I’ve found that cater for City of Cape Town electricity:
FNB mobile: dial *120*321# from your cell phone and navigate thru the menus.
www.energy.co.za (not accepting new registrations)
(Via SMS: SMS "secret code cvv amount" to 41658 to buy electricity)
www.powertime.co.za [currently offline for Cape Town electricity purchases] register meter number and pay by credit card.
http://www.cellpower.co.za/consumer No credit card purchases, but EFTs are processed under 5 minutes (24/7). Also offers airtime.
www.ibuy.co.za you can save your setting so that you can easily buy from your phone
There’s even a lucky draw and you could win your electricity for free (PowerWinna)
Outside Cape Town: