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Eskom implements measures to reduce equipment failures in Winterveld
Wednesday, 19 February 2020: Eskom has implemented measures to reduce repeated equipment failures in Tshwane’s Eskom supply areas such as Mabopane, Winterveld and Ga-Rankuwa which affect the availability of electricity supply.
Earlier this morning we witnessed some residents of Winterveld protesting and demonstrating against Eskom’s efforts to reduce its operational costs, curb energy losses and collect revenue for services rendered as part of our recovery plan to improve our operations throughout Gauteng and across the whole customer spectrum.
Eskom will only restore supply to legal and paying customers on condition that the community allows safe access to Eskom staff to conduct audits and remove illegal connections. This decision comes after extensive customer and stakeholder engagements across Gauteng aimed at resolving issues related to electricity services.
The equipment failures are primarily due to illegal connections which lead to overloading, which in turn results in the failure of transformers and mini-substations. This is exacerbated by meter tampering, electricity theft and vandalism of infrastructure. This has a significantly negative impact on our operations, finances and the safety of our employees and the public.
If Eskom does not conduct audits, we run the risk of continued failures without dealing with the root cause. In some areas, Eskom technicians have not been allowed to conduct these audits and that causes repeated failures of equipment, which makes power restoration a wasteful exercise.
Eskom is due to meet with the community leadership and senior representatives from the Gauteng Premier’s office to find solutions so that we can resume with our services.
We appeal to communities to report illegal connections and meter tampering, including when Eskom employees are involved. The Eskom crime line number is 0800 11 27 22.