Man who tampers with electricity meters to go to jail or pay R1m fine

People in the area would pay him to do the illegal job for them.

A Free State man identified as ‘Ferreira’ will have to pay Eskom an amount of R1 million or face a jail term.

The man was tampering with electricity meters and Eskom said he was “caught red-handed” in one of the homes last year…

“Following a tip-off‚ Eskom approached the Hawks‚” the power utility said in a statement.

“[The Hawks] investigated the matter and eventually caught Ferreira red-handed on 26 May 2017‚” Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom said not only Ferreira is in trouble but also residents who had hired Ferrera to do the unlawful job were fined hundreds of thousands of rands.

“Customers who had paid Ferreira for his illegal services were charged tamper fines totalling R229 000,” Eskom said.

Eskom is warning residents to not allow anybody to touch any of their installations unless that person has a valid work order form.

“In addition‚ Eskom will never ask for payments to be made into bank accounts other than the one specified on the customers’ official Eskom bills‚” Eskom said.

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PRET hauls Kusile bosses before DD Mabuza

Power station managers agree to meet PRET leaders at the Premier’s office.

The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) wants Kusile power station managers to appear before Premier David Mabuza to explain job creation.

Secretary Sunday Mathebula said Kusile power stations had agreed to employ 10 000 young people and they will make this commitment during a meeting in Mabuza’s office a week to come.

This week both Themba Sgudla, who is the group’s president, and Mathebula led a march to the Kusile power station in Delmas, demanding that 16 000 people be employed by the Eskom power station and that hundreds of companies owned by Mpumalanga youths be given tenders there.

The march – called ‘Massive Stay Away’ – was organised to start at the Kusile power station on Monday (20 Nov) and then on Tuesday go to Duvha power station but then the Duvha leg could not happen because Sgudla and other PRET members got arrested during the Monday one at Kusile, spending the night at the Ogies police station.

In a reply to the group, Kusile agrees to meet Sgudla and Mathebula at Mabuza’s office in Riverside, Mbombela next week Wednesday (29 Nov).

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It apologised for a miscommunication that the meeting at Mabuza’s office would be this week Wednesday (22 Nov).

“We note the correspondence from PRET about the meeting at the Premier’s office in Mbombela tomorrow Wednesday 22 November at 3pm. Without hesitation we offer our sincere apologies in advance for a possible miscommunication about the Wednesday meeting,” the company wrote in an e-mail to Mathebula’s PA on Tuesday.

“We have been of the understanding that the meeting at the Premier’s office was for next week Wednesday 29 November. This date affords us sufficient time to provide feedback to the Group Chief Executive about the proceedings of 20th November [meeting] at Kusile and the agreed next steps with the leadership of PRET. Furthermore, it also affords us the opportunity to engage all the Implementers of the programme (e.g. power station managers) and create the required alignment,” the company said.

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eMalahleni water shortage: Eskom steps in to rescue municipality

This move will alleviate the water shortage in these areas.


Water shortages which have, in some instances, led to taps running dry in areas like Klarinet and Siyanqoba, will now be the thing of the past.

This is after power utility Eskom donated the Doornpoort Dam to the Emalahleni local municipality.

The dam has substantial storage capacity with an abstraction yield of 5 Mega-litres/day.

The scheme will be augmented and will have an initial output of 15Ml/d and will be targeted for communities of Klarinet and Siyanqoba.

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The dam’s impressive and intact infrastructure is still in a safe working condition with minimum maintenance works required.

The Dam was initially used for supplying water to the Witbank power station.

But in 1996 the Witbank power station ceased to operate, leading to the supply from the dam being terminated.

Mayor of the eMalahleni local municipality, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, applauded Eskom’s generosity which will reduce the strain to provide water from the few sources within the municipality jurisdiction.

The Doornpoort dam donated to eMalahleni Municipality by Eskom.

Ntshalintshali said: “The dam will be extremely helpful particularly because we have been under pressure, the water supply system was not meeting the demand due to increase in water demand”.

“The municipality has been unable to develop alternative water supply schemes due unavailability of alternative water endowed catchments and stressed water balance along Olifants River hence scarcity predicaments were inevitable,” she said.

“We will treat this dam as another important asset which must be looked after,” said Ntshalintshali.

The dam has still to be refurbished and associated infrastructure be constructed before water can start flowing.

*Mabuza is spokesman in Ntshalintshali’s office.

Eskom suspends power-cuts, to resume on 3 March if no pay

ESKOM says this is just temporary suspension of power-cuts in order to allow the municipality time to make means to pay up.

The power utility has suspended electricity disruptions in eMalahleni and will begin again on 3 March 2017 if the municipality doesn’t pay.

This suspension of power-cuts also applies to Msukaligwa municipality.

The two Mpumalanga municipalities are among the 34 municipalities across the country owing over R10bn to the State Owned Entity, which has risen from R6bn in past few years.

eMalahleni alone owes over R1bn while the Msukaligwa local municipality in Ermelo owes R145m which rose from R139m in just over a year – and this resulted in power-cuts.

“Eskom feels the pain inflicted to the members of the public and the unintended consequences of the disruption,” the power utility said in a statement on Wednesday this week.

“We have decided to suspend the supply interruptions with immediate effect until 3 March 2017,” it said.

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“This gesture from Eskom will allow the defaulting municipalities some time to remedy the breach and also bring some normality to the affected communities.

“Should the municipalities fail to remedy the breach,” the power utility warns, “the interruptions will resume from 4 March 2017 and Eskom reserves the rights to continue with the interruptions following adequate notice to the communities”.

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eMalahleni: residents to have electricity for 3 hours


A rolled out power cut due to owed money to Eskom will see ordinary people suffering more, having to remain in the dark for longer.

The power utility announced eMalahleni residents will only have lights three hours of electricity each day.

The following power cut schedules will affect residents, businesses, clinics and other public service areas when it begins on 3 March 2017:

– From Monday to Friday there will not be electricity between 6 and 9 in the morning and again from 4pm to 7.30pm.

– On weekends, when most people are at home, they will stay without power from 8.30am to 12 mid-day and from 3pm in the evening and 6:30pm.

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The eMalahleni municipality is one of the 34 municipalities across the country that owes money to Eskom, which is at R1bn.

Municipal Manager Theo Van Vuuren on Wednesday afternoon posted the following  message on his Facebook Page:

“I have requested the relevant department to provide more information regarding the notice that is currently being circulated regarding the extended electricity bulk interruptions from Eskom. As soon as we know we will post an update” Van Vuuren said.

The troubled municipality has struggled to wage a serious revenue collection campaign in recent weeks, to recoup money owed to it by its customers in order to avert the looming crisis. It has not been able to service its debt to Eskom which has subsequently ballooned to R1 billion in the past three years.

Last month the town put out to tender the sale of a piece of land in order to try and meet Eskom’s demand of a minimum of R227m cash payment and the submission of a substantial plan to service the debt which should be backed by a council resolution.

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Over the weekend Eskom Group Executive for customer services Ayanda Noah said, “The interruption of supply as a result of non-payment remains an agonising decision for Eskom and is a means of last resort. We hope the municipalities will come up with a sustainable payment plan and thus avert further interruptions for its citizens.

“In spite of the fact that both the provisions of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and supply agreements (with the municipalities) empower Eskom to disconnect electricity completely, Eskom has opted for a softer approach of interrupting electricity during certain hours in the day,” she said.

Meanwhile the power interruptions have also affected the pumping of water from certain reservoirs to some parts of the city of about four hundred thousand people.

Residents have been feeling the pinch as some parts have been without water for more than 24 hours at a time.

Residents of Kwa-Guqa have in the meantime called for an “urgent community meeting” that will be held to discuss “issues affecting the community of eMalahleni at large,” the message circulated through WhatsApp read.

The meeting will be held at Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Lynnville at 5.30pm today (22 Feb).

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