Smart metering milestone: Conlog wins prestigious RT29 tender

Smart metering milestone: Conlog wins prestigious RT29 tender
Smart metering milestone: Conlog wins prestigious RT29 tender

A tender award marks the beginning of a new era in smart metering for South Africa, with Conlog leading the way in delivering cutting-edge solutions that address the nation’s most pressing utility challenges.

Conlog is proud to announce that it has been awarded the RT29 tender by the South African National Treasury, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey.

This prestigious recognition positions Conlog as a key supplier for smart prepaid electricity and water meters across South Africa.

The RT29 tender, a groundbreaking transversal contract, signifies a new era of efficient and effective procurement aimed at addressing the country’s pressing utility challenges.

This transversal contract minimises the burden on local municipalities, enabling them to benefit from the speed and collaborative nature of the procurement process – Logan Moodley

Transforming procurement and service delivery

The RT29-2024 tender focuses on the audit and Token Identifier (TID) conversion of existing prepayment meters alongside the supply, delivery, installation, management, and maintenance of smart metering solutions for a period of 36 months.

This initiative is a testament to the government’s innovative approach to procurement, ensuring rapid and collaborative access to cutting-edge technology.

Logan Moodley, CEO of Conlog, comments: “For me, this award is a turning point as it alters the procurement practice, making the process quicker, efficient, and effective.”

He adds: “This transversal contract minimises the burden on local municipalities, enabling them to benefit from the speed and collaborative nature of the procurement process.”

Addressing South Africa’s utility challenges

South African municipalities face significant financial challenges, with outstanding customer bills amounting to R348 billion and a debt of R58.5 billion owed to Eskom.

Amidst an ongoing energy crisis, smart meters have become critical to managing demand response and easing the strain on the national grid.

“Conlog is uniquely positioned to address these challenges,” Moodley emphasises.

“As the only true South African Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on the panel, we have been intently focused on building technology that responds to the specific problem statements in our market.

“Our smart prepayment metering solutions for electricity and water are tailored to South Africa’s unique needs.”

Smart meters place more control in the hands of municipalities and consumers alike – Logan Moodley

Benefits for municipalities and consumers

Conlog’s smart metering solutions will be implemented across South Africa’s 257 municipalities, offering numerous benefits:

  • Revenue collection and enhancement: Smart meters enable accurate billing and effective revenue collection, crucial for municipalities struggling with unpaid bills.
  • Demand management: These meters provide tools for load management, helping to avoid loadshedding and manage energy consumption more effectively.
  • Transparency and quality of life: Consumers will enjoy accurate billing, improved transparency in utility services, and convenient avenues for purchasing prepaid services.

“Smart meters place more control in the hands of municipalities and consumers alike,” notes Moodley.

“They support demand management, load management, and provide real-time visibility into utility usage, which is essential for avoiding catastrophic loadshedding events and managing water scarcity.”

A commitment to South Africa’s growth

Conlog’s achievement is not just about technological innovation; it’s also about economic and social impact.

The company’s world-class manufacturing facility in KwaZulu-Natal, adjacent to a significant logistics hub, ensures the rapid deployment of products nationwide.

Conlog’s commitment to job creation is evident through its investment in training and certification for contractors, facilitated by its MERSETA-accredited training facility.

“We have created jobs and have the opportunity to create more through our participation on this panel,” states Moodley. “Our technology not only addresses demand and load management but also creates economic stimulus within the sector.”

Supporting the energy crisis

Acknowledging Eskom’s efforts to solve short-term challenges, Conlog recognises the crucial role of technology in medium to long-term solutions.

“Our smart meters support municipalities and Eskom in avoiding loadshedding by enabling precise control over energy distribution,” Moodley explains. “This not only prevents inconvenience for consumers but also contributes to a more sustainable energy management practice.”

Conlog’s smart meters empower consumers by providing tools to monitor and measure their electricity and water consumption, enhancing their quality of life through improved interaction with utility services.

A groundbreaking transversal contract

The RT29 tender is the first national transversal contract for metering, reflecting a refreshing and innovative procurement practice in South Africa.

“We are fully supportive of the government’s and Eskom’s interventions,” remarks Moodley. “This groundbreaking approach is innovative, and we are proud to be part of this transformative journey.”

A proud moment for Conlog

Winning the RT29 tender is a proud moment for Conlog. It reflects the company’s dedication to excellence and commitment to supporting South Africa’s growth and development.

As a black industrialist-focused business, Conlog is committed to creating jobs, fostering innovation, and contributing to the nation’s economic and social well-being.

“As a truly South African OEM, we are dedicated to creating value and driving growth within the sector,” Moodley concludes. “Our participation in the RT29 tender is a testament to our capability and commitment to solving South Africa’s utility challenges.”

For more information on how Conlog’s smart metering solutions can benefit your municipality, please contact us at [email protected] or call our team of experts.

This milestone achievement marks the beginning of a new era in smart metering for South Africa, with Conlog leading the way in delivering cutting-edge solutions that address the nation’s most pressing utility challenges.

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