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Eskom to take action against power theft in Pampierstad

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Eskom’s Kimberley Zone Manager, Phenyo Letong said the company has suffered multi-million losses which called for a closer investigation.

File image. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency(ANA)

The loss of revenue suffered by Eskom in Pampierstad will be addressed on December 4, 2020 as the power supplier is investigating electricity meter tampering and other illegal activities in the area.

Eskom’s Kimberley Zone Manager, Phenyo Letong said the company has suffered multi-million losses which called for a closer investigation.

“In the past year, Eskom lost a projected R7.3 million in revenue in Pampierstad only. We are therefore taking strict measures to curb further losses.

“Eskom is owed an estimated R43 billion by municipalities and customers throughout the country, and we just cannot afford to let things be, we need to take action. Eskom will be conducting meter audits in the Pampierstad area.

“That will entail checking if meters were bypassed or tampered with. Often customers tamper with meters so that they either register no electricity used or only a fraction of the energy consumed,” said Letong.

He said those found guilty of ill-practises will be harshly dealt with.

“If we do find tampered meters, Eskom will disconnect immediately and issue tamper fine fees, and customers found to have tampered will only be reconnected when they have made payments.

“We will also investigate ghost vending, which refers to the buying and selling of illegal electricity vouchers from illegal vendors. The money paid by customers through ghost vending does not go to Eskom for maintenance of networks, but to ghost vending syndicates.

“Ghost vending is the same as meter tampering, and customers who buy from illegal vendors are buying from criminals, and will therefore be issued with tamper fines,” he said.

Letong said they will also during the process educate residents who are struggling financially about available benefits Eskom has to offer.

“We will also educate customers about the availability of Free Basic Electricity (FBE), and how they can apply from their local municipality. Eskom cannot afford to keep the lights burning while millions of customers are not paying for the electricity they consume,” Letong said.