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Eskom infrastructure hit by wave of damage


Eskom has seen an increase in illegal electricity-related activities in Gauteng.
Eskom has been hit by a wave of illegal activity, which has triggered power outages. In recent days, the Lanseria area in particular has seen suspect activity, a source, who spoke to Fin24 on condition of anonymity, said. „They are just cutting poles and they are not taking anything. Transformers are left on the ground, untouched,“ one person told Fin24. Last month, Eskom found clear evidence that points to sabotage at its Lethabo power station near Vereeniging in the Free State. Supports attached to a small pylon carrying power lines that feed electricity to the power station’s overland coal conveyor, were cut, which caused it to topple over onto a backup power line, rendering both inoperable. The utility is also encountering an increase in cable theft. On Tuesday, the Bedfordview substation was left damaged during a cable theft attempt, which also involved vandalism of the electricity infrastructure.

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