City Power: Cable theft and vandalism is an ongoing problem

eNCA's Heidi Giokos reports. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - If it’s not load-shedding, it’s vandalism, theft or ageing infrastructure that’s leaving residents in the dark.

City Power plans on taking over some Johannesburg suburbs, including Soweto, from Eskom.

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The utility promises to address the electricity crisis in the City but at the moment, things appear to be getting worse.

For years, Johannesburg residents have had to deal with unplanned power outages and the reasons they get is either theft, vandalism or ageing infrastructure.

City Power says 30-percent of the problems are linked to vandalism and theft.

Acting-City Power CEO Nancy Maluleke said, “the challenges that we are facing at City Power relate to theft and vandalism on our network and also the illegally connected customers that are not paying for electricity and hence straining our network and it leads to power trips because our transformers cannot carry the load of the unplanned load which is connected illegally.”

Residents say City Power must communicate on time.

DA ward councillor candidate Devon Steenkamp said, “City Power is failing and that they are lacking communication. And they need to do more."

"The councillors will be communicating and working closely they try and escalate the problem but the communication has been a problem. There have been so many excuses why they can’t and we literally just have to have some proper management.”

Another big problem for the City is ageing infrastructure and the City plans to provide alternative electricity to deal with it.

With all the problems City Power currently faces, many question how it will be able to take on other suburbs, including Soweto.

For now, residents can only hope things will get better in their areas.


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