Legal consumers disadvantaged by illegal connections

George Municipality appeals to the residents of George to report any illegal electrical connections they are aware of as this practice has led to fatalities and is one of the causes of the continuous power outages experienced in the various zones of Thembalethu.

Mr Trevor Botha, Municipal Manager of George, says the highly dangerous conditions caused by illegal connections, cannot be emphasized enough.  “I am deeply concerned for the lives of innocent children, adults as well as animals. We can prevent this danger if illegal connections are reported and removed. The risks associated with illegal connections are real and it is serious.”

Botha said legal consumers should seriously consider how these illegal connections affect them and their families. An illegal connection not only puts the perpetrator in danger of electrocution,  risking injury and death but also the rest of the community. These connections lie across pathways and walkways where anyone passing can easily be electrocuted. An additional risk is that illegally connected wires can also make contact with other items such as roofs, gutters and washing lines, making these items live and able to conduct electricity.

The human body can only withstand about 50 milli-ampere (less than 1% of the current drawn by an average kettle) through it, before a medical condition called ventricular fibrillation sets in. To safeguard people against this, each house with legal electricity and a tariff meter is fitted with an earth leakage protection unit. Children can easily be killed, due to their lower weight, as a result of illegal connections not having earth leakage protection.

He said the organisation can simply not keep up with the high costs of replacing transformers that can cost between R50 000 to R60 000 per unit. In January an electrical box caught fire due to an overload as a result of illegal connections and the fire caused damage to the distribution transformer. Due to a limited budget, that could mean that people that have waited long for legal electricity cannot be supplied as the funds have to be utilized for repairs and vandalism.

An electricity connection is considered illegal when it is connected to the George Municipal network without the organisation’s permission. Wires are connected to a mini-substation or overhead pole.  The forms of electricity theft include illegal connections, illegal electrification schemes and meter tampering and bypassing. These illegal electrical thefts are mostly in areas where illegal informal structures are built.

Where people have connected themselves illegally, George Municipality will continue to actively find the perpetrators and lay criminal charges against them. In terms of the Criminal Procedures Act, interference with and the damage to Municipal property, could be regarded as sabotage and should someone be found guilty of such an offence, a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years can follow.

Illegal connections should be reported to 044 803 9222 or 044 801 9222  or after hours on 044 801 6300.


Wettige verbruikers benadeel deur onwettige elektriese verbindings

George Munisipaliteit doen ‘n beroep op die inwoners van George om enige onwettige elektrriese verbindings waarvan hulle bewus is, aan te meld aangesien hierdie praktyk tot sterftes gelei het, en is een van die oorsake van die voortdurende elektriese onderbrekings wat in die verskillende gebiede van Thembalethu ervaar word.

Mnr. Trevor Botha, Munisipale Bestuurder van George, sê die hoogs gevaarlike toestande wat veroorsaak word deur onwettige verbindings, kan nie genoeg beklemtoon word nie. “Ek is baie bekommerd oor die lewens van onskuldige kinders, volwassenes sowel as diere. Ons kan hierdie gevare voorkom indien onwettige verbindings aangemeld en verwyder word. Die risiko’s verbonde aan onwettige verbindings is ‘n werklikheid en dit is ernstig. ”

Botha sê wettige verbruikers moet ernstig oorweeg hoe hierdie onwettige verbindings hulle en hul gesinne raak. ‘n Onwettige elektrisiteit verbinding plaas nie net die oortreder in gevaar nie, maar ook die res van die gemeenskap. Hierdie verbindings lê oor paaie en looppaaie waar enigiemand wat verby loop, maklik doodgeskok kan word. ‘n Bykomende risiko is dat onwettige verbindings ook kontak kan maak met ander items soos dakke, geute en wasgoedlyne, wat hierdie items lewendig maak en elektrisiteit kan voer.

Die menslike liggaam kan slegs ongeveer 50 milliampere (minder as 1% van die stroom wat deur ‘n gemiddelde ketel getrek word) deurstaan ​​voordat ‘n mediese toestand genoem ventrikulêre fibrillasie inskop. Om mense hierteen te beskerm, word elke huis met wettige elektrisiteit en ‘n tariefmeter, toegerus met ‘n aardlekbeveiligingseenheid. Kinders kan maklik as gevolg van hul laer gewig doodgeskok word weens onwettige verbindings sonder aardlekbeskerming.

Hy het gesê die organisasie kan eenvoudig nie tred hou met die hoë koste van die vervanging van transformators wat tot tussen R50 000 en R60 000 per eenheid kan kos nie. In Januarie het ‘n elektriese boks aan die brand geslaan weens ‘n oorlaaiing van onwettige verbindings en die brand het verdere skade aan die verspreidingstransformator aangerig. Weens  ‘n beperkte begroting kan mense wat al lankal op wettige elektriese verbindings wag, nie voorsien word nie, aangesien die fondse aangewend moet word vir herstelwerk en vandalisme.

‘n Elektriese aansluiting word as onwettig beskou as dit met die George Munisipale netwerk verbind is, sonder die toestemming van die organisasie. Drade is verbind aan ‘n mini-substasie of oorhoofse paal. Die vorms van elektrisiteitsdiefstal sluit in, onwettige verbindings, onwettige elektrifiseringsskemas,  meterpeutery en omleidings. Hierdie onwettige elektriese diefstalle is meestal in gebiede waar onwettige informele strukture gebou word.

George Munisipaliteit sal voortgaan om oortreders aktief na te volg en kriminele aanklagte teen hulle aanhangig te maak waar hulle onwettige elektriese verbindings gebruik. Ingevolge die Wet op Kriminele Prosedures, inmenging met en die skade aan munisipale eiendom, kan beskou word as sabotasie en indien iemand aan so ‘n oortreding skuldig bevind word, kan ‘n maksimum gevangenisstraf van 30 jaar volg. Onwettige verbindings moet aangemeld word by 044 803 9222 of 044 801 9222 of na ure op 044 801 6300.


Abathengi abasemthethweni bayaswela luqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni 

uMasipala waseGeorge uyacela kubahlali baseGeorge ukuba baxele naluphi na uqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni abanolwazi lwalo kuba esi senzo sibangele iingozi kwaye sesinye soonobangela bokungafumaneki kombane ngokuqhubekekayo kwiindawo ezahlukeneyo eThembalethu.

uMnu Trevor Botha, uMphathi kaMasipala waseGeorge, uthi iimeko eziyingozi kakhulu ezibangelwe luqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni, azinakugxininiswa ngokwaneleyo. “Ndixhalabile ngobomi babantwana abangenatyala, abantu abadala kunye nezilwanyana. Singayinqanda le ngozi ukuba uqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni luyaxelwa kwaye lususwe. Iingozi ezidibene noqhagamshelo olungekho semthethweni zikho kwaye zinzima.’

uBotha uthe abathengi abasemthethweni kumele baqwalasele ngokummandla ukuba olu qhagamshelo lombane lungekho semthethweni lubachaphazela njani neentsapho zabo. Uqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni alubeki menzi wobubi kuphela engozini yokubulawa ngumbane, ukuba sesichengeni sokwenzakala kodwa noluNtu luphela. Olu qhagamshelo lulele kwiindledlana, nakwiindlela zabahambi ngenyawo apho nabani na odlulayo angabulalwa ngumbane ngokulula.

Umngcipheko owongezelekileyo ngowokuba iingcingo eziqhagamshelwe ngokungekho semthethweni zingenza unxulumano nezinye izinto ezinjengamaphahla, iigatha kunye neengcingo zokuxhoma impahla, zenze ukuba ezi zinto zibe nombane kwaye zinako ukunikezela ngombane.

Umzimba womntu ungakwazi ukumelana neemili-ampere ezingama-50( ngaphantsi kwe -1% yemitha etsalwa yiketile ekumgangatho ophakathi), edlula kuwo, phambi kokuba imeko yokugula  apho igunjana entliziyweni liye lingcangcazele ngenxa yokufinyela okungalungelelwanisanga  esibizwa ngokuba ‘ventricular fibrillation” iqalise. Ukukhusela abantu koku, indlu nganye enombane ngokusemthethweni nesixhobo sokulinganisela amaxabiso ombane ifakwa iyunithi yokhuselo lokuvuza ngolunye ucingo oluhamba nocingo lombane. Abantwana bangabulawa ngokulula, ngenxa yobunzima babo obusezantsi, ngenxa yoqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni olungenakhuselo lokuvuza ngolunye ucingo oluhamba nocingo lombane.

Uthe umbutho awukwazi kumelana namaxabiso aphezulu okubuyisela iziguquli ezixabisa phakathi kwama-R50 000 ukuya kuma-R60 000 ngeyunithi nganye. Kwinyanga yoMqungu ibhokisi yombane iye yatsha ngenxa yokusindwa okubangelwe luqhagamshelo olungekho semthethweni waza umlilo lowo wabangela umonakalo kwisiguquli sokwaba umbane. Ngenxa yohlahlo lwabiwo-mali olulinganiselweyo oku kungathetha ukuba abantu abalindele umbane osemthethweni ixesha elide abakwazi kuwunikwa kuba imali kumele isetyenziselwe ukulungisa kunye nomonakalo.

Uqhagamshelo lombane luthathwa njengolungekho semthethweni xa luqhagamshelwe kuthungelwano lukaMasipala waseGeorge ngaphandle kwemvume yombutho. Iingcingo ziqhagamshelwa kwisikhululo esincinci okanye kwipali ephezulu. Iindidi zobusela bombane ziquka uqhagamshelo olungekho semthethweni, amaqhinga okufakwa kombane ngokungekho semthethweni kunye ukuphazamisana nesixhobo sokulinganisa umbane noqhagamshelo lwesibini oluvumela ukufumaneka kombane xa olukhulu luthintelwe. Obu busela bombane bungekho semthethweni bukwiingingqi apho kwakhiwe izakhiwo ezingekho semthethweni zamatyotyombe zakhiweyo.

Apho abantu baziqhagamshele ngokungekho semthethweni ngokwabo, uMasipala waseGeorge uya kuqhubeka ngokukhutheleyo ukufumana abenzi bobubi kwaye avule ityala lolwaphulo -mthetho ngakubo. Ngokwemigaqo yoMthetho weeNkqubo zoLwaphulo-mthetho, ukungenelela nokonakalisa ipropati kaMasipala, kungathathwa njengokonakalisa ngabom kwaye ukuba umntu ufunyenwe enetyala elilolo hlobo, elona xesha likhulu lokuvalelwa entolongweni yiminyaka engama -30 lingalandela.

Uqhagamshelo lombane olungekho semthethweni lungaxelwa kwa-044 803 9222 okanye kwa-044 801 9222 okanye emva kweeyure kwa-044 801 6300

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