Operation Khanyisa exhibits at Power & Electricity World Africa 2012
The conference was addressed by Mr Maboe Maphaka, Senior Manager: Energy trading and Sales Forecasting at Group Customer Services, Eskom. In his address, he briefed conference delegates on Operation Khanyisa.
Maphaka said that while Eskom had stabilised energy loss to just below 6%, in financial terms electricity theft was still costing South Africa more than R4-billion per annum.
“To arrest and stabilise the problem we have been using conventional methods like meter audits, disconnections, energy balancing/accounting, loss-reduction technologies, etc. These are delivering results for us. However, the BIG question is: How cost-effective and sustainable are they on their own?
“We realised that, for cost-effectiveness and sustainability, a different approach was needed. So we added new ammunition to our arsenal. We implemented a new behaviour-change approach to our communications work and began to mobilise the entire country to stand up for legal, safe and efficient power use.”
Maphaka urged conference delegates to support Operation Khanyisa and to work together to keep South Africa "power-ful".