Cato Ridge power thefts create hotwiring headache

2011-08-22 00:00

ILLEGAL electricity connections are causing problems at KwaXimba near Cato Ridge.

This emerged when officials from the power utility, Eskom, visited the area on Friday as part of the Safety Week Campaign. The campaign is aimed at educating community members about appropriate use of electricity and its dangers.

Officials said reports claimed that in the last year at least three children were electrocuted by illegal electricity connections.

The officials visited a section of the KwaXimba area where a large number of houses were connected illegally because they were built after the area’s electrification project was completed.

Members of the community have connected cables to the main transformer, and the cables run on a makeshift wooden pole.

An Eskom official said this had burdened the supply, resulting in numerous blackouts “In this area, we have had to change about 44 transformers that have blown out,” he said.

Eskom has tried on numerous occasion to disconnect the area, but its teams have been attacked by hostile community members.

The area has, however, been approved for electrification, officials said.

Zwelithini Khumalo of Eskom said the community should refrain from connecting electricity illegally.

“In every five deaths by electrocution, three of them are caused by illegal connections.”

He said the illegal connections are costing Eskom a fortune, but the company is mainly concerned about the human lives lost.

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