Zandspruit residents to receive electrical connections

Eskom and the City of Johannesburg say they will introduce electrical connection to thousands of homes.

FILE: Zandspruit community loot businesses, dodge rubber bullets and teargas as they protest over electricity cut. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says it will start the electrification of homes in the Zandspruit informal settlement which has seen protests over power connections.

Earlier this month, residents demonstrated against Eskom's removal of illegal electrical connections, which the power utility says puts many lives at risk.

Now the city together with Eskom say they will introduce electrical connection to thousands of homes that still don't have power.

The process is expected to begin on 1 July.

Johannesburg Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe says the city will have to start moving some shacks to make space for electrical infrastructure.

"Eskom is saying we need to free space in the area so what we agreed on is that between 1 April and 30 April we will visit the community and talk to the people that will be affected."

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