Customers in Somerset West were without electricity since the early hours of last Friday morning (1 October) due to cable theft and vandalism of Eskom infrastructure.
Multiple sections of copper conductors were stolen on the 66 kV Firgrove/Paardevlei line 1, leaving the entire Paardevlei Substation offline.
Operators went on site and electricity restoration took several hours.
Eskom has seen a surge in theft and vandalism of equipment over the past few months. Recent criminal activities of illegally connecting, cable theft and vandalism in Eskom supply areas in and around the Western Cape have resulted in prolonged power outages in affected communities, leaving paying customers frustrated. It apologised for any inconvenience caused to its customers.
Eskom continually engages community leaders and stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to protect the network. However, it depends on the support from the communities to help root out electricity related crimes and bring these criminals to justice.
“We appeal to the public to report electricity related crime such as illegal connections, electricity theft, tampering, cable theft and vandalism of infrastructure,” it said in a statement.
V Report incidents by contacting the Eskom Toll-Free Crime Hotline on 0800 112 722 or the local police. Callers may remain anonymous.