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City Power cuts off power to houses in Vlakfontein for illegal connections

3 June 2020 1:00 PM
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Illegal electricity
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The power utility's spokesperson Isaac Mangena says these houses were disconnected and will have to pay R11,000 reconnection fee.

City Power's revenue protection is currently leading an operation to disconnect illegal connections in Vlakfontein in the South of Johannesburg.

The area has been hit with constant outages due to illegal connections and vandalism that has led to overloading of the electricity network.

RELATED: City Power to implement load rotation in Joburg hotspots hit by overloading

Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report chats to the power utility's spokesperson Isaac Mangena to give more insight on the matter.

Illegal connections are very bad as they inconvenience paying customers. Small businesses are also suffering because of that. It takes up to 24 hours to replace a sub station or a transformer that has blown up because of overload.

Isaac Mangena, Spokesperson - City Power

Vlakfontein is one of the problematic areas that City Power has identified as the hotspot of illegal connections in the City of Johannesburg, he says.

We have disconnected illegal connections and our risk control is working with the police to try and identify the crimes that could have been committed especially those in formal housing and were selling electricity illegally the informal settlement called Phumlamqashi.

Isaac Mangena, Spokesperson - City Power

He says for households to be reconnected they would have to pay a fine of R11,000.

Listen below to the full conversation:


3 June 2020 1:00 PM
Tags:
City Power
Illegal electricity
Power cuts
hotspots

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