Johannesburg - Eskom has appealed to communities to be proactive in stopping illegal connections, as well as the destruction, theft and meter tampering it says have increased equipment failures in some areas especially in Gauteng.
The power utility says illegal connections, leading to overloading, are the primary cause of the failure of transformers and mini-substations. "This is exacerbated by meter tampering, electricity theft and vandalism of infrastructure," Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Increased equipment failure has a significant negative impact on our operations, finances and safety of our employees and the public," it said.
Eskom said it had decided not to restore power to areas that have repeated failures due to illegal connections, meter tampering and bypassing.
"Eskom will only restore supply to legal and paying customers in the areas, on condition that the community allows safe access to Eskom staff to conduct audits and remove illegal connections," it added.