City Power plans to reduce illegal power connections

City Power says about 189 informal settlements are likely to be getting legal electricity.

Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power, says the City of Johannesburg has decided to manage illegal electricity connections by normalising the installation of electricity in all the informal settlements within the City.

Illegal power connections is one of the big challenges for City Power.

According to TMG Digital's recent report, there were at least 300 electricity outages across the city in four weeks monitored. About 174 neighborhoods were affected by these unplanned power outages.

Xolani Gwala finds out more about plans to reduce unplanned power outages from Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power.

What the City has decided is that, for us to be able to manage the situation, rather than just going and removing illegal connections from time to time, we have decided that we will NORMALISE the installation of electricity at all the informal settlements within the City of Johannesburg. Obviously over a period of time, depending on the resources that we have, from the financial point of view.

Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power

In the mean time while they are settling there, let's regularise them. So that people live with dignity where they are while they are waiting for reallocation.

Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power

Xolani also asked Xulu if there are any successful stories regarding cable thefts, following the interventions made by City Power and government.

We have had now, about 274 successful convictions. Even some of our employees are behind bars as a result of this. I think there is good progress and good education happening within law enforcement agency and court systems.

Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power

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