Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) supports Eskom’s initiative called Operation Khanyisa that promotes the legal and safe use of electricity.
This was the sentiment expressed by CDM Executive Mayor John Mpe when he addressed community members at the launch of this initiative at Zebediela Community Hall last Monday. Also present were, among others, Lepelle-Nkumpi Mayor Nakedi Sibanda, Eskom Customer Services Manager Hilton Rampedi and Eskom General Manager Agnes Mlambo.
Operation Khanyisa Spokesperson Sibusiso Duma stated in a media release that members of the community were treated to an entertaining industrial theatre play aimed at educating the public about the dangers and impact of electricity theft, in particular illegal connections, on human lives and the South African economy at large. According to Duma, Limpopo, along with Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal have been identified as South Africa’s top six electricity theft hotspot areas.
Sibanda also addressed the meeting and said that electricity is a crucial backbone to the country’s economy and without it businesses would cease to exist and the results would be detrimental as far as employment is concerned. “Electricity is also an essential commodity that has unquestionable benefits in improving the standard of living of our people,” Sibanda is quoted to have said.
Rampedi reportedly said Zebediela was one of the areas in the region where high levels of electricity theft were experienced. “We would like to urge residents to continue reporting all those involved in electricity theft by sending anonymous SMS tip-offs to 32211 at a cost of R1 per SMS.”
Story: BARRY VILJOEN