Operation Khanyisa to smoke out izinyoka
Pretoria - Eskom is reclaiming the streets of South Africa by launching Operation Khanyisa, which is expected to reduce electricity theft.
"Electricity theft is a major obstacle and is standing in our way of achieving … (financial stability and capacity)," said Chief Executive Brian Dames on Tuesday, adding the utility was going to deal with it through Operation Khanyisa.
The operation is a national partnership campaign aimed at mobilising the country against electricity theft. Izinyoka is an isiZulu word meaning 'snakes', which is used to refer to electricity thieves.
It further aims to change consumer behavior so that they become legal power users instead of connecting power illegally.
"Our overall losses as Eskom for the last financial year amount to R1.2 billion due to electricity theft. The country's losses stand at R4.4 billion per year," said Dames.
He said that the problem cuts across all sections of South African life, including residential and non- residential areas. The loss of R4.4 billion worth of electricity could electrify 350 000 homes.