Cable theft 'a threat to power grid'

2012-08-04 21:02
Severe weather conditions have caused power disruptions in parts of the Eastern Cape, Eskom says. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Severe weather conditions have caused power disruptions in parts of the Eastern Cape, Eskom says. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Illegal connections and cable theft are a threat to the power grid and should be reported promptly, public enterprises deputy minister Bulelani Magwanishe said on Saturday.

"They contributed to network overload and equipment failure, causing the system to trip and result in power outages," he said in a statement.

Magwanishe was addressing a Mamelodi community on an energy efficiency campaign in Tshwane as part of the 49M campaign.

He said South Africans needed a behavioural change in the way they use electricity.

"We are currently experiencing a very tight power system. We urge all South Africans to pull together and help us reduce constraints on the power grid."

49M is an energy saving campaign initiated by power supplier Eskom.

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