Tuesday, 29 September 2020: Eskom in Gauteng has launched an energy management campaign in Diepsloot to intensify efforts to address the increasing risks associated with repeated equipment failure and network overloading which causes transformer and mini substation explosions in high-density areas. Another focus area of the campaign is to highlight the importance of all communities looking after their electricity infrastructure, to ensure continuity of supply for everyone. In addition, the campaign seeks to ensure that the energy delivered to customers across the various sectors is accounted and paid for by all customers.
Eskom is conducting proactive audits in various areas, which include the removal of illegal connections and tampered meters, and ensuring that our networks are safe for operations. We further wish to curb vandalism to the infrastructure in identified hotspot areas. All these measures are to protect network equipment which costs millions of rands to replace, all because of overloading which leads to prolonged power outages. In areas where customers are using electricity unlawfully, they also tend to use energy indiscriminately, and Eskom in turn, is incurring massive energy and revenue losses.
“We remain committed to continuously improve our operations and optimise our plant performance through maintenance while dealing with illegal connections, meter tampering and emerging illegal operations that are affecting the integrity of our network. Energy management is imperative in order to improve sales, and to collect and recover revenue to sustain our operations” said Motlhabane Ramashi, Senior Manager Maintenance and Operations for the Gauteng Operating Unit. “Eskom in Gauteng has regrettably seen a significant rise in public safety incidents. It is our commitment to contain and ultimately eliminate public safety incidents that result from illegal activities and cause damage to properties, injuries and at worst, fatalities,” concluded Ramashi.
Report any illegal connections, illegal operations or any unsafe activities to the toll-free Eskom crime reporting line: 0800 11 27 22.
Issued by: Eskom Gauteng Operating Unit
Tel: +27 11 800 5717/5707 I 12 421 3100 I 16 430 7026