Eskom says it has exceeded its electrification target for the second quarter of the current financial year.
According to the Group Executive for Eskom Distribution, Mongezi Ntsokolo,the South African electricity public utility achieved 101 067 connections, with 99 991 connections energized.
That “means that people are already using electricity against a target of 97 513 year-to-date,” Ntsokolo said.
The Group Executive added that Eskom is now, gradually approaching its target of 207 332 connections by the end of this financial year.
He said Eskom is striving to address backlogs and make life easier for South Africans. And, is focus on the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.
Eskom affirmed that the National Treasury’s decision in February to allocate R17.6 billion to the South African electricity public utility and municipalities for the roll-out of the electrification programme to over 800 000 households over the next three years, would yield positive outcomes.
Also, Eskom looks towards bringing electricity to 70 000 households through non-grid technologies like solar PVs.
Meanwhile, Eskom cautioned South Africans about illegal connections saying it’s deadly and not helping initiatives designed to guarantee steady power supply.
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The public power utility stressed that illegal connections and meter tampering are causing significant injuries and death in South Africa.
“More concerning is that it is often children who are electrocuted and fatally injured when they unwittingly touch carelessly laid cables left by those who steal electricity.
Illegal connections are dangerous for several reasons, the most common of which is the lack of safety features associated with the connections.
An electricity connection is considered illegal when any connection is made to the Eskom network without Eskom’s permission.
This can range from connecting to a mini sub-station, or simply connecting a neighbor through your personal meter or electricity board or tampering or bridging your meter,” stated Eskom.