Illegal electricity connections, ongoing

2015-07-30 06:00
Princess Ngubane pulls the cable from the bushes.PHOTO: candyce krishna

Princess Ngubane pulls the cable from the bushes.PHOTO: candyce krishna

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AN Eskom transformer, which has several illegal connections running from it, has left a businessman frustrated.

The transformer is on his property in Izotsha where he is constructing a warehouse.

Rugeshan Lanka, speaking on behalf of Multiwood, contacted the Fever recently to investigate the matter as they received no assistance from Eskom, at first.

However, on Thursday Eskom sent contractors to the site to remove all illegal connections in the area.

Contractors also removed over three kilometres of cable from the SAPS offices there, a few metres away from Multiwood’s property.

However, the next day, the illegal connections were back.

“We visited the site again on Friday and although the SAPS was present, these people carried on connecting the electricity,” he said.

“Eskom, SAPS and those affected by this have to get together and find a solution to put and end to this,” said Lanka.

Eskom spokesperson, Joyce Zingoni, said illegal electrical connections are a problem all over the world and Eskom has, over the years, been vigorously implementing strategies and plans to mitigate these risks.

“Those who do not have electricity and have been waiting for some time tend to fall prey to syndicates or individuals who sell illegal connections for a fee,” she said.

Zingoni said that customers who have electricity and by-pass their meters so as not to pay for service are identified and action has been taken to disconnect the supplies with some being prosecuted.

“We [Eskom] are very serious about safety and take action to remove illegal connections with the approval of the local municipality and the help of the law enforcement agencies,” she said.

She said illegal connections and energy loss is a challenge for Eskom­.

However, it can be addressed with the support and partnership of businesses, organisations, various spheres of government and communities.

“As a more sustainable solution, we need to provide services to those who do not have electricity and to then build a customer base that will be willing and able to pay for the service,” she said

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