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ESKOM GAUTENG INVESTS R8.6 MILLION TOWARDS SMOKEDOWN INFORMAL SETTLEMENT
Friday, 2 October 2020: Eskom in Gauteng is partnering with Mogale City Municipality to mark and celebrate the electrification of 190 households in Smokedown informal settlement through a switch-on ceremony.
 
“The R8.6 million electrification project investment kickstarted in 2017 where the first phase saw 572 houses being electrified in 2018/19 and the 190 connections of the last phase being energised in September 2020. The total number of electrification connections planned for this financial year is 5 487. Electrification of informal settlements in Gauteng is a strategic drive to promote the quality of life in disadvantaged areas and to stimulate economic activities while advancing universal access to electricity,” highlighted Sylvester Barei, Senior Manager of the Asset Creation Department for the Gauteng Operating Unit.
 
This is another way of optimising and safeguarding infrastructure through a legalised process. Customers will safely access electricity and benefit from the Free Basic Electricity made available by Mogale City. The customers will, however, have a responsibility to pay for their services to ensure that they are sustained.
 
Eskom urges the community of Smokedown to become efficient in their consumption of electricity and to purchase their electricity tokens only from Eskom’s authorised outlets and vendors. It is of great importance for all communities to look after their electricity infrastructure so as to ensure continuity of supply for everyone.
 
Report any illegal connections, illegal operations or any unsafe activities to the toll free Eskom crime reporting line: 0800 11 27 22.  
 
 
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