Tebogo Msimanga |
City Power on Tuesday succesfully conducted an operation to cut off illegal connections in certain areas of Alexandra township in Gauteng province.
The operation was called following complaints from formalized residents about frequent outages in the areas due to overloading of the network, and the dangerous situation of electrocutions.
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said about 23 tons of aluminium and copper cables worth an estimated R27 million were removed during the operation. “Illegal connections pose the biggest challenge to reliable electricity supply in the City of Johannesburg. Not only is it dangerous but cost the City millions in lost revenue.”
Mangena said they have requested the South African Police Services(SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) to do more to gather intelligence on the ring leaders of illegal connections, including those who reconnect them, including from City Power and our contractors.