JOHANNESBURG – Many South Africans underestimate the danger of illegal connections, exposed cables and low-hanging powerlines.
To raise awareness about electricity safety, Eskom has a new social media campaign to keep South Africans safe and is calling on all to #SkaBaiza (don’t be foolish).
The Ama Baiza-Baiza are on standby to help in the fight against a danger which is too often overlooked – electricity. Yes, it brings light, but it can also cause harm if not treated with respect.
In 2017/2018, 111 fatalities and 156 injuries were reported due to unsafe contact with electricity. Many South Africans underestimate the danger of illegal connections, exposed cables, and low-hanging powerlines and they tend to neglect to fix or reported it. This is the scourge the Ama Baiza-Baiza electricity gang are out to fight.
Meet the Ama Baiza-Baiza:
- Replace damaged cords in the household or use insulation tape to cover exposed wires otherwise, you will meet The Cord Busta.
- Wait your turn for Eskom to connect your electricity legally or have an extended visit from Illegal Connecta.
- Report vandalised Eskom property or let Vandalisto wreak havoc with your neighbourhood’s power supply.
- Do not plug too many appliances into a wall plug at the same time. This should keep Mr Plugs away.
- Do not touch exposed wires, keep electrical appliances away from water and report low-hanging powerlines. Do all this to prevent The Shockster from having his thrill.