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Eskom infrastructure hit by wave of damage

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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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