August marks Eskom’s annual national Electricity Safety Month. During this period Eskom intensifies the spreading of electricity safety messages across the country, actively engaging local schools and communities to ensure the safe use of electricity.
According to a statement by Eskom, the Free State’s interventions will be spread over the course of August and various teams will visit schools and communities in, Selosesha, Wepener, Thabong, Kutlwanong, Smithfield, Bultfontein and Phahameng, and other areas. The Northern Cape’s major interventions will be held in the Kalahari Region with school and community awareness campaigns taking place from 20 August to 22 August 2019 in Rietfontein, Philandersbron and Askam.
The statement further states that Eskom urges South Africans to go back to basics when it comes to using electricity safely. “Communities are also urged to actively monitor their environment inside and outside their homes in order to avoid unnecessary injuries and fatalities.
Corporate (Occupational Health & Safety) Senior Manager at Eskom, Miranda Moahlodi, says that while issues like illegal connections, vandalism, electricity and cable theft, meter tampering and bypassing are national problems at the moment, there are some areas with a high prevalence.
“The hot spot areas are in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Eskom officials will be shining the spotlight on these areas and will be bringing members of the public important messages on how to stay safe from harm” says Moahlodi.
Eskom asks communities to assist them by reporting illegal and unsafe connections in their neighbourhoods by calling the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600 37566.