City Power blames corruption, fraud on poor performance

The utility has given an update on its business review and the launch of an anti-corruption campaign.

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JOHANNESBURG - City Power says corruption and fraud have impacted negatively on its overall business and performance.

The utility has given an update on its business review and the launch of an anti-corruption campaign.

The newly-launched initiative is aimed at clamping down on corrupt activities within City Power and outside its ranks.

City Power Board Chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane says the company dealt with over 800 criminal cases in the past financial year.

"Of the 851, 707 is about cable theft."

The Utility's MD Sicelo Xulu says they've launched a number of initiatives to tighten internal controls and stop the scourge of cable theft.

"Our intelligence has cracked down the huge syndicates and we've made huge arrests and we are following up on those cases."

The utility has urged residents to report fraudulent activities, it also says it has picked up a number of illegal meter cases and is investigating.


Meanwhile, the City of Jo'burg says it's planning to set aside over R1 billion that will see informal settlements being supplied with power.

The utility has given an outline of its business review and an update on its anti-corruption campaign.

It says corruption and fraud have had a significant impact on its overall performance.

City Power MD Sicelo Xulu says one of the solution to illegal connections and cable theft is giving informal settlements electricity supply.

"That is why the city has taken a conscious decision that they will electrify the informal settlements and the process has started."

Xulu says the utility will be working with the city to see the roll out of the programme over next few months.

"It's a programme that needs to be carefully thought through in terms of implementation."

City Power says a number of informal settlements including Zandspruit and Thembelihle, which have been hit by protests over electricity, will benefit from the initiative.