Diepsloot community contributes to Eskom crises in many forms. A single pole in a street it’s made to supply electricity for four households but it’s a total complete different story in Diepsloot: one pole now supply electricity for 30 households due to multiple rooms and shacks rentals in one yard. Most residents no longer purchase electricity because they have bridged their meter boxes and poles. Majority of the residents are now utilizing illegal ghost electricity (you buy electricity for R200 and get 500 units) which does not appear on Eskom system with the help of corrupt Eskom employees.
The issue have been going on for a long period of approximately 7 years which explains why Eskom is having financial issues. According to Asad Alam “Economics of South African Townships: special focus in Diepsloot”, 60% of Diepsloot residents are unemployed. In order to generate income and also to put food on the table, most residents rent out their yards in a form of space rentals, shack rentals and rooms rental which create smaller informal settlements inside their yards.
One meter box supplying a multiple number of household appliances in one pole results in electricity trips. As a result the community hire unqualified electricians who know nothing about electricity to fix Eskom Meter boxes, poles and transformers. When experiencing electricity problem? The community does not have power to report them in Eskom because of their illegal meter boxes and pole bridging. All South Africans must stand together and stop corruption to fight electricity problems.
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