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Illegal connections rob more than 50% of electricity that municipalities buy from Eskom

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Illegal power connections are bleeding municipalities dry, negatively affecting their ability to honout their bills to Eskom. Photo: City Power/Twitter
Illegal power connections are bleeding municipalities dry, negatively affecting their ability to honout their bills to Eskom. Photo: City Power/Twitter

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More than 50% of electricity purchased by municipalities from Eskom is not being sold, it is being stolen, causing mounting debt to the ailing power utility.

Illegal connections and non-payment of electricity are to blame, issues which Eskom and municipalities have over the years been unable to solve. This is a national crisis, Hendrik Bosman, the managing director at Elexpert – an energy consulting company – told City Press. 

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