Eskom has released a statement on the recent increase in electricity theft and distribution failure, due to criminal activities, leading to network overloading in high density areas.
On Friday, 11 June 2021, Eskom released a statement on the increased illegal electricity theft and distribution infrastructure failure due to illegal connections. Eskom said that it has noted with great concern that there has been an increase in electricity theft, especially in high density areas, which leads to the failure of its equipment.
Eskom also warned the public against illegal connections, meter tampering, and the buying of electricity from illegal syndicates. This can lead to the distribution network overloading, as well as damage to property and Eskom’s infrastructure. Eskom has noted that the latest cold temperatures have led the public to using electricity recklessly and putting the utility’s already fragile infrastructure under immense pressure.
Eskom has told the public that it loses billions in revenue every year due to infrastructure failure caused by network overloading. Eskom’s Distribution Group Executive, Monde Bala has pleaded with the public, stating, “We appeal to all our customers to do the right thing, pay for their electricity, ensure they buy from legal vendors and stop by-passing and tampering with their meters.” Eskom has urged the public to report illegal activity in communities.
See the post below.
Eskom is experiencing an increase in electricity theft and Distribution infrastructure failure due to illegal connections pic.twitter.com/lCVgLSJZ1J
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 11, 2021