n IMFO : Official Journal of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers - Cell phone vending : the Tshwane case study

Volume 6, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-520X



This paper shares experiences in rolling out a cell phone-based vending system for prepaid electricity. Some of the technologies that can be used to put together a cell phone-based vending system are presented. Operational issues and lessons learnt during the first year of managing both vendors and clients when using the system are discussed. This includes sales statistics, system throughput, network reliability, user acceptance and the social aspects of involving people from the community in the business opportunities provided by selling electricity.

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