Speaking at the African Utility Week conference on Wednesday, Eskom's Lodine Redelinghuys said that electricity theft remains a pressing problem, and many innocent people are electrocuted when criminals leave cables and wiring exposed.
Operation Khanyisa's interactive exhibition at the African Utility Week attracted crowds of people eager to learn about the work we do. The conference is on at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Operation Khanyisa is educating South Africans about the negative effects of electricity theft through its exciting "Operation Finish Tops" fun runs, which will take place at Operation Khanyisa’s six focus sites around the country.
The devastating effects of electricity theft on the lives of young children was brought sharply home this week with reports that lessons at a high school in Stellenbosch were abruptly halted because of illegal connections by neighbouring communities.
Electricity theft kills and injures many innocent children and toddlers every year. Illegal connections are extremely dangerous because incorrect wiring is used, and the wires running across floors, pathways or streets are often not insulated.