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Illegal connections, vandalism and overloading of network leave Mabopane communities in the dark

By [email protected] (Khanyisile Ngcobo)

Eskom confirmed a contracted security guard had been shot and wounded “while escorting technicians” in the area. 

“Eskom is concerned that this is not only the third such incident where our colleagues get attacked and robbed while performing their duties of ensuring electricity supply in Mabopane. But also more concerning and disappointing is that members of the community had mobilised and threatened our technicians while conducting repairs,” the utility said at the time.

A month earlier, Eskom was forced to suspend services in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Mothutlung because of violent protests. 

Other issues included vandalism of the substation meant to cater to the area, allegedly by drug addicts from the same troubled area, and illegal connections to the grid by neighbouring areas.

As a solution, Mocumi said Eskom had connected Sun Valley and Block S to the nearest power station’s network, one not meant to service them.

“If Eskom feels the system is overloaded, they’ll disconnect [the surplus] areas because they don’t belong to that network,” she said.

“It’s a community issue, this not on Eskom.”

Source: TimesLIVE

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