Campaign promotes safe electricity use

2016-10-26 06:00

On Thursday (20/10), Vusi Tshabalala, executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, welcomed Operation Khanyisa, the Eskom-led national campaign that promotes the legal and safe use of electricity, to the Eastern Free State town of Qwaqwa.

Operation Khanyisa staged an event here at which members of the community were provided with useful information about electricity theft and electrical safety.

“Electricity is an essential commodity that has ­unquestionable benefits in improving the standard of living of our people,” said Tshabalala.

“However, those who are involved in electricity theft, particularly illegal connections, expose our people to the dangers of unsafe electricity usage.

“We therefore ask our people to work together with Eskom and the municipality to rid our communities of those who are involved in this dangerous crime.”

Echoing the words of the mayor, Lindi Mthombeni, general manager for Eskom’s Free State Operating Unit, explained that electricity-related injuries are a serious threat in the Free State.

“It is for this reason that we decided to launch this elec­tricity safety education campaign aimed at teaching people about the dangers of electricity theft and encouraging the public to join the fight against this crime,” said Mthombeni.

She noted that this form of crime often leads to loss of life and singled out cases involving children who come into contact with live wires from dangerous illegal connections.

Qwaqwa was the fifth stop in Eskom’s six-day electricity safety education campaign conducted in the province in October.

“We received a warm welcome in all the towns we visited during this campaign, from Botshabelo to Parys, Vredefort, Warden and now Qwaqwa,” said Mthombeni.

“Our final stop for the current campaign is Harri­smith, where we expect similar success.”

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