Eskom is targeting communities in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape in its week-long campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of the unsafe use of electricity.
At the start of Eskom's National Electricity Safety Week on Monday, the power utility raised concerns about the number of people who have been injured or killed in the country because of exposure to illegal electricity connections.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says that the utility is urging communities to assist them in pointing out illegal and bad electricity connections.
Phasiwe spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo.
We've had a number of incidents where people were electrocuted because of a network of illegal wires— Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson
In areas which are formally connected, people may be planting and get exposed to low-lying cables— Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson
We are urging communities to assist us so that we can be able to point out things that could pose a threat to their lives— Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson