Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

Eskom on Diepsloot: Every two in three houses have an illegal connection

Eskom tariffs hikeEskom is not budging: “Pay your bills or remain without power.”

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Since the issue with Diepsloot escalated on Monday, 25 June, Eskom has remained defiant in its stance that it will not replace transformers in the township.

The power utility issued a statement on Monday alerting the media to the fact that there have been claims, from residents of the township that is located in Johannesburg, that Eskom employees were soliciting cash to switch on the 11 transformers that have either been disconnected or damaged.

Eskom has categorically denied these claims, urging Diepsloot residents who have encountered this illegal activity to contact them for further escalation.

Why has Eskom refused to assist Diepsloot?

The power utility has refused to be vilified by residents who claim that they are being unfairly targeted. Eskom revealed that they have been replacing transformers in the area on a consistent basis, for many years.

“Transformers are also off as a result of overloading caused by bypassed meters, illegal connections and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure. Overloaded transformers in most instances catch fire or explode as their protections have been interfered with and vandalised,” the power utility explained.

Most areas in the township have been without power for more than five weeks. While this has affected local businesses and households, the power utility’s Daphne Mokoena has shrugged at the cries for help, stating that it is impossible to fix the problem in Diepsloot.

“In Diepsloot in particular, for every third house, two of those three houses we find that they’ve got backyard dwellers and they would have bypassed our circuit breakers and tampered with our meters,” she said.

The only solution to this, Eskom noted, was to address the scourge of illegal connections and the tampering of transformers, an act that is both regressive and expensive.

As long as customers are not committed to paying for their electricity, there is nothing Eskom can do.

“The non-payment of electricity does not only impact on the security of supply for customers, but it also contributes to increased energy and revenue losses, coupled with increased operational costs…

“Eskom remains committed to partnering with customers in Diepsloot, together with the respective councillors, in an effort to deal with electricity-related matters in the area,” Eskom said.

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