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WATCH: City sprawl and the illegal power web

14 April, 12:51 PM

Illegal power connections thread across South Africa's informal settlements like a spider's web.

Eskom head in the Western Cape, Alwie Lester, says the power utility wants to connect informal settlements to the grid.

He says people "trying to find their own space" in cities like Cape Town contributes to the number of illegal connections. 

However, some areas cannot be easily connected because the land is private, or the ground is unsuitable for laying cables.

Eskom driving a "no harm" campaign in a bid to diminish injuries and deaths from contact with illegal connections.

Watch above.

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