City Power to fight illegal connections

Johannesburg - City Power will continue its fight against people using illegal electricity connections, the utility said on Tuesday.

City Power said it remained committed to this despite intimidation of employees.

Spokesperson Louis Pieterse said employees were intimidated and chased by some members of the community in Lenasia in the south of Johannesburg when they visited the area to disconnect illegal connections on Monday.

"City Power wishes to condemn the intimidation of our employees who were doing their duties to disconnect illegal and dangerous connections to the grid," Pieterse said in a statement.

"Lenasia has experienced debilitating power outages recently which in part are a result of these connections."

Pieterse said illegal connections posed extreme danger to users and put the grid under undue pressure resulting in outages due to overload. They also constituted a significant revenue loss to City Power and the City of Johannesburg.

Illegal connections also put lives at risk as there was inadequate protection against the illegally connected live wires, resulting in a higher risk of fire and electrocution.

Pieterse said the company was now looking at new metered boxes to deter electricity theft.

"As part of the prevention measures against electricity theft and loss of revenue, City Power is in the process of installing prepaid meters in protective structures (vandal proof boxes) to avoid user interference and tampering," he said.

City Power urged residents to report illegal electricity connections.

Stephanes Heunis 2014-08-05 12:31:09 PM
YES TRY THAT, IT DON'T WORK BEFORE THE ELECTION, BUT NOW WE GOT THEIR VOTE LETS GET TOUGH LOVE. AND STILL IT WILL NOT DONE IN THE SWATTERCAMPS.
mmatau 2014-08-05 12:38:26 PM
A little too late.
Johan Nothnagel 2014-08-05 12:41:52 PM
Now who is City Power ? Also corrupted people ? While busy overlooking the millions of illegal electrical connections in the swattercamps, can you at least check for illegal immigrants as well ?......
Carling Blacklabel 2014-08-05 12:59:40 PM
why bother with metered boxes when they know they can steal electricity for free?
Michele Anne Holland Bentley 2014-08-05 01:01:38 PM
Good luck with that.
Lawrence Van Niekerk 2014-08-05 01:15:37 PM
By the time you have disconnected 10 another 200 has connected illegally. You fart against thunder mate ..
Carl De Beer 2014-08-05 02:00:50 PM
ACCOUNTABILITY?????Nobody gives a sh$t.I really hope the sort it out and get it right.Now we,the honest ones, still have to put up with the 8% increase next year 'cause eskom's running at a loss....Africa logic.
John Stoltz 2014-08-05 02:08:07 PM
Not City Power nor any other Metro in the RSA really wants to take illegal electrical connections seriously!! The ANC allows it to garner support for the elections!! It is the political right thing to do, since the honest paying subscriber foots the bill, and not the Gov, because the Gov must take from you to give anything to anybody!! The Gov is like a scavenger!!
Phil Galpin 2014-08-05 02:35:22 PM
Do you really think these 'sixty-two-percenters' (according to Pansy)really give a flying fig about City Power? Or their futile attempts at becoming solvent.
Abram Mothothi Mamabolo 2014-08-05 02:55:02 PM
So the people must live without electricity.