Technology to curb power theft
IN A bid to address illegal electricity connections across the country, Eskom will launch new technology that residents will not be able to breach.
"It is further important to mention that Eskom is investing in new technology to safeguard its assets against unauthorised access," said Peter Sebola, Eskom general manager in Gauteng.
The entity said it had noted with concern "an alarming number of illegal connections".
"These practices do not only compromise security of supply, but pose a danger to our communities.
As a result Eskom has unfortunately recorded an approximately R1.2-billion loss in the previous financial year (2011-12).
"The government is currently working on legislation that is aimed at categorising theft of electricity in a serious light," Eskom said in response to Sowetan's questions.
Eskom said there were on-going campaigns and interactions with various stakeholders to educate communities on the danger associated with illegal connections.
"We would like to see a reduction in public incidents and fatalities resulting from illegal connections.
"Audits are currently conducted in various areas to establish any anomaly and corrective measures are applied where applicable," Eskom said.