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City Power, City of JHB to electrify all informal settlements

City Power has decided to electrify all informal settlements in JHB to try and curb illegal connections.

FILE: A lamp post used as a bridge for illegal electricity connections. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's office have decided to electrify all informal settlements in the city to try and curb illegal connections.

The power utility says over 80 percent of the power outages experienced in and around Johannesburg in recent days were the result of illegal connections overloading the network.



LISTEN: Illegal connections overload City Power network.

It also says cable theft remains a major issue.

Last week, large parts of the city were left without electricity for several hours, with residents in Soweto taking their frustrations to the streets.

City Power's Yumna Sheikh said, "We've taken this decision with the City of Johannesburg to electrify informal settlements. As our teams go into areas, they are unbridging all illegal metres, removing all illegal connections and they are also testing protective structures where we don't have protective structures so we can minimise the interruptions on our network."