Electricity theft in South Africa is out of control. Eskom is losing billions each year to this crime, and many people are getting electrocuted because of unsafe wires in areas where this theft takes place.
The elimination of non-technical electricity losses in South Africa – electricity theft and non-payment – would avoid the need for most load shedding. This gives some idea of the scale of the problem.
Chris Yelland, electricity expert and director of EE Publishers, said about 32% of all electricity delivered by City Power Johannesburg is lost to theft and non-payment.
Another report which illustrates the magnitude of the problem comes from the City of Tshwane, where electricity theft and meter tampering cost the metro R416 million in one year. This was an 83% increase compared to the previous year.
Apart from the obvious dangers, illegal connections also put the grid under undue pressure, resulting in outages due to overload.
The following video shows the dangers of tampering with or trying to steal electricity, electrical components or cables.
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