Power to the people: CoCT to spend R50m to give backyard dwellers electricity

Officials hope the initiative will help reduce illegal electricity connections.

A sign warning of high electrical current, hangs redundantly on a pylon in Khayelitsha, as wires from illegal connections run around it. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has set aside R50 million to connect backyard dwellers to the electricity grid over the next few months.

Officials hope the initiative will help reduce illegal electricity connections.

The City's Ernest Sonnenberg explains: "In some cases landlords actually overcharge their tenants. In other cases, tenants are left in the dark when electricity in the main house runs out. The risk of fires will be reduced with the installation of safe and legal connections."