Cable theft 'a threat to power grid'

2012-08-04 21:02

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.

  • Squeegee - 2012-08-04 21:08

    "and should be reported promptly," - passing the buck back to the public instead of taking responsibility. Again.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-05 07:35

      The African sickness again of talk without action. Escom stated that in the Soweto area only 30% of the electricity used is paid for. The other 70% is used through illegal connections and non-payers. Every single South African knows what is going on in the townships, does this excuse for an uneducated person that calls himself a minister thinks that by stating it in public it will all magically solve the problem?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-08-05 10:35

      Pass the buck! The ANC is master at passing the buck. This is the logic of the people running the country. South Africa does not need a proper government… Apparently, according to this retard, what South Africa needs is citizens who blow the whistle whenever crime is involved. I wonder then why the ANC is passing the “Protection of Information Bill” that can see the citizens being thrown in jail for 25 years if they dare to blow the whistle on crime and corruption

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-04 21:36

    Just drive around any informal settlement and you'll see the spaghetti of illegal connections. What's to report?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-04 22:22

      When last did you drive around an informal settlement? Not even cops will go into them unless it's as part of a platoon

      mike.clery - 2012-08-05 08:18

      Are you saying that nothing can or should be done about illegal connections because of "mob rule"? Do we accept that informal settlements are "independent states" and that what happens in them falls outside SA law? (And it was "around", not "into".)

  • michael.bushes - 2012-08-04 21:45

    If I see cable theft I shall glady report it, however, if i see cable theft at a gantry, i shall look the other way

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-08-04 22:13

    Ok, so I report it... What SLA's are in place from your side to ensure that something is DONE about the stuff I've reported Bulelani? Asking us to report it without giving us any insight into timeframes that the report will be actioned and the offenders dealt with is unacceptable.

  • garth.langenhoven - 2012-08-04 22:19

    Cable theft is nothing new. Neither is the "stealing of electricity". Escom has been aware of this for many moons and to date has done nothing about it.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-04 22:41

      Well 1st of all Eskom has tried to do plenty about it - usually with disastrous consequences to Eskom staff. Secondly, not all electricity comes directly from Eskom to a dwelling. Eskom supplies municipalities and they are - under the law - the ones responsible for the onward supply and infrastructure to dwellings. So it serves many municipal and regional politicians to turn a blind-eye to illegal connections.

  • Rodney - 2012-08-04 22:21

    The ANC have this unbelievable ability to state the blindingly obvious while doing absolutely nothing about any given situation. I'ts uncanny.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-04 22:51

    can I phone the police???? but they steal it too

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-04 22:57

    This is the result of the non-payment for services that started in the 1970's by COSAS. How is one statement from a minister undo 40 years of civil disobedience? The culture of non-payment is firmly entrenched and there is no way that this can be stopped. The dilemma with cutting off entire communities is that you will also cut the electricity of a few paying customers, which in such a case will be illegal. If you install prepaid meters in a community, they will riot, if you don't install electricity they will also riot. Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't. Sort this one out Honourable Minister!

      morne.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-05 13:00

      Tough problem but i remember about 15 years ago in the town i stayed, Eskom cut supply to a rural section where serious abuse was discovered, the community was up in arms but was told that they had the social responsibility to act agains abuse, a week later supply was restored and reports off illegal users were harassed by the legal users to such a point that that section had a 100% track record a few months later. It is simple military tactics, if one guy stuffed up, the whole platoon got punished. Believe me, the slacker soon realized that the rule was non negotiable.

  • joy.crawford.50 - 2012-08-04 23:31

    Eskom get a grip...................we pay for a service......provide it and manage your own problems

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-05 07:54

      Indeed. There are many ways to secure cables against theft, but we hear nothing of them.

  • - 2012-08-04 23:40

    It was not cable theft that had the Parkhurst, Johannesburg area without power for 4 hours this afternoon. It is Eskom incompetance. Imagine, one of the country's busiest leasure dining areas without power in their busiest time on a Staurday afternoon. What a disgrace! No wonder privately owned businesses go out of business. And they want to charge us 15% more for a service they do not provide.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-04 23:50

    Save your time n airtme,wht to report?thy disconnect(Eishkom) thy reconnect(Izinyoka)

  • kosmonooit - 2012-08-05 00:06

    So what is actually been done about cable (and metal) theft by the powers that be beside the hot air pronouncements of the obvious? zip all.

      morne.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-05 13:07

      I believe that the metal merchant is to blame, they created the market and even though the police has got laws implemented but these companies just don't care

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-05 03:29

    Who are the culprits stealing cables and doing illegal connections ? ANC township supporters of course ! And who ultimately pays..the law abiding citizens of this Banana Republic!!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-05 05:35

    Well lets expand this - the theft carries on due to poor policing, due to poor management due to a poor president, And yes we need behavioural change in how we usae electricity - lets use it for the president! No but seriously, Bully Larnie - hows Mr Dames doing with that huge bonus funded by the price increase.

  • andrew.grieveson.92 - 2012-08-05 07:11

    Regulate the scrap metal industry . You have SARS do audits on all dealers imediately this will uncover a huge web of illegal dealings,, you can almost be certain of that. Wake up guys hit the problem at its source !!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-05 07:35

    There is a bigger picture and it demands a question... 'What is the government doing to ensure that urban areas have the infrastructure to support the number of people they are permitting to migrate into the cities'? Is there any plan to control such migration? The manner in which this situation (free power and wire to sell) makes moving to the city a less unattractive opportunity. Just another covert aspect of social re-engineering to redistribute wealth I think.

  • dick.etheridge - 2012-08-05 08:49

    Eskom (and Municipalities) must rectify the electricity shrinkage problem (illegal connections and cable theft) instead of applying the band aid solution of hiking electricity tariffs. Has anyone estimated the quantity of electricity lost, and quantified the financial value? Now hears a worthy job creation opportunity...employ and train thousands of inspectors to trace and remove illegal connections (with SAPS protection). Issue on the spot summonses to attend court and send the thieves to jail. Promulgate laws that makes illegal connections and cable theft an act of sabotage...the destruction of property or hindering the normal operations of the infrastructure of the Republic of South Africa. Penalty...25 years in jail.

      Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-08-05 15:33

      The ANC needs to subsidise the sola panels and make sure that people can actual have free environment electricity, the ANC's problem is they have become an elite party where only hierarchy benefits at the expense of the people, eskom has a monopoly they are not interested in making good clean cheap/free energy it's all about making money, I use to think ANC was a socialist party but the more I observe I see capitalists, they want to be part if 99%

  • Raai.wie - 2012-08-05 10:12

    Just go to every township and you will eliminate all illegal connections.

  • tiffany.mclelland.5 - 2012-08-05 15:18

    The only company in the world PLEADING customers NOT to use their product. Typical Rainbow Nation Leadership!

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