INFOGRAPHIC: North residents warned of illegal connections

Resident Tebogo Tshiloane showing some of the power cables supplying power to the shacks running along a stream of water. Photo: file.

Eskom officials have toured townships in the north-west of Pretoria in a bid to curb the ongoing problem of illegal connections.

Reports have indicated that South Africa loses R20 billion annually due to illegal connections.

Eskom senior manager for maintenance and operations Unathi Figlan stressed in Joe Slovo informal settlement that unauthorised electricity connections posed a danger to the lives of locals.

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According to Eskom, six people in Gauteng were killed as a result of illegal connections in the past year, while 34 were seriously injured.

Eskom senior manager for safety and assurance in the generation division Roley McIntyre said Eskom lost billions of rand a year to illegal connections and electricity theft.

The power utility said it had visited schools around the country to talk to young people and warned them about the dangers of electricity.

“We believe that school kids are mostly the victims of electrocutions, and if we educate them correctly about the dangers of illegal connections they will be able to go and share the information with their parents,” said Figlan.

Eskom said illegal connections were rife in informal settlements and townships in and around Pretoria.

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