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Eskom gives Klipheuwel residents good news

Eskom infrastructure upgraded in Klipheuwel will to provide electricity to nearby informal settlements.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Eskom infrastructure being upgraded in the Klipheuwel area is expected to provide electricity to nearby informal settlements in a couple of years.

Apart from some expansions, fibre optic cables are being added to the existing wires.

This technology will allow the parastatal to pick up a problem anywhere on their lines almost immediately leading to quicker repair times.

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and Provincial Head Alwie Lester visited the site earlier today.

The Muldersvlei-Joostenberg-Kraaifontein power line project started nearly one year ago.

It aims to create capacity for electrification in these growing communities.

Eskom's Alwie Lester said, "We would be able to see on a screen if a piece of equipment or line has gone down or has been damaged. Because it has GPS coordination in it, we can detect it to up to half a meter, we will find that piece of equipment during the night or day and we can dispatch people more accurately (sic)."

Lester adds another goal the parastatal has reached with this project is that all construction is being carried out by Eskom employees.