Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 27 October 2010 – The Gauteng government and Eskom are forming a special task team to tackle cable theft and illegal connection of electricity, in a bid to improve power supply in the province.
“We need to move away from the bad culture of illegal connections. We have to work hard on changing the mindset of our communities so that people know that they have to pay for the electricity they use at all times,” Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told media after a meeting with Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana and CEO Brian Dames.
The non-payment of electricity was highlighted as a major stumbling block to the delivery of electricity.
The joint task team “’ which will include representatives of government, Eskom and civil society “’ will address ageing infrastructure, lack of skills and energy saving methods. And as part of the state utility’s new vision, Eskom would hold talks with all the provincial premiers in an effort to understand the problems faced by consumers.
“All South Africans should begin to own the problem and stop pointing to the government when something goes wrong,” said Makwana.
“Eskom and provincial governments would give administrative and financial support to struggling municipalities,” he added. “This would help identify problems in time to avoid situations where Eskom cuts electricity to municipalities which fail to pay.”