Eskom says theft and vandalism hamper operations


The utility said that this year alone, Eskom in Gauteng lost billions of rand in revenue in its attempt to protect its infrastructure.

Eskom Megawatt Park’s head office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. Photo: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza / Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom called on customers who have been fined to pay so their electricity can be reconnected.

A list was circulated indicating that the utility is considering cutting power in parts of Soweto, but Eskom said this was wrong and incorrect.

The utility said that this year alone, Eskom in Gauteng lost billions of rand in revenue in its attempt to protect its infrastructure.

Eskom said the theft and vandalism hampered the company in fully implementing its mandate.

The parastatal said it was important to run its operations efficiently and limit financial losses due to illegal activities.

Gauteng Eskom spokeswoman Amanda Qithi said: “The increase and scale of crime such as theft of electricity, theft and vandalism of equipment, unpaid bills and the purchase of ‘electricity from ghost sellers is forcing Eskom to respond by disconnecting those who violate and handing them reconnection fines. “

Eskom said it will continue to educate its customers on the importance of paying and encourage them to apply for and use the free basic electricity mandate available to low-income households.

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