In an effort to eradicate illegal connections, Eskom escorted members of various media companies on a tour to show them the influx of illegal electricity connections in informal settlements.
The aim of the tour was to highlight the dangers associated with illegal connections, Izinyoka (cable theft) and vandalism.
Speaking to CapeTalk’s John Maytham, Eskom’s Provincial Head, Alwie Lester says that they have been trying to clean up illegal connections every week, but within hours they are back again.
He says the media tour was also a strategy to create awareness and educate communities.
Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show:
What happens is people would connect from a legal source, so you have cables running from a formalised area into an informal one. The consumption is paid for but is unsafe and is technically an illegal connection— Alwie Lester, Eskom’s Provincial Head
On the other hand we have those that connect directly from the Eskom’s supply point such as transformers, those are the ones we are really concerned about because they literally lead to things like overload and those are genuinely theft issues that we need to deal with.— Alwie Lester, Eskom’s Provincial Head
The first step would be to get these people electrified with metered connections, meters on site and legal revenue…— Alwie Lester, Eskom’s Provincial Head