“Don’t do anything foolish”, Eskom tells learners

August 12th, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize

Eskom recently launched its new “ska baiza” campaign which is aimed at educating communities about the safe use of electricity. Derived from everyday South African “township lingo”, “U-ska baiza” means “don’t do anything foolish”. Eskom will spread this message across the country during August, actively engaging schools and communities to ensure that the safe use of electricity is top of everyone’s mind by advising members of the public how to stay safe from harm.

Eskom says that while illegal connections; vandalism; electricity and cable theft; meter tampering and bypassing are national problems, there are hot spots in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

The Eskom team and learners from Ndabankulu secondary and neighbouring schools during the “Ska Baiza” electricity safety launch in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

The campaign’s launch was hosted by the Ndabankulu secondary school in Butterworth, where Eskom representatives, together with learners from surrounding schools, spent the morning speaking about the safe use of electricity. The message from Eskom was clear: U-ska baiza (don’t overload your plugs, don’t take chances with unsafe and illegal connections’ and don’t touch exposed cables).

The power utility says it’s important to speak to young people about the safe use of electricity before they leave schoo and become independent members of society.

Eskom urges all South Africans to go back to basics when it comes to using electricity safely. The utility wants people to actively monitor their environments, inside and outside the homes, to avoid unnecessary injuries and fatalities, and to report illegal connections in their neighbourhoods.

Contact Zama Mpondwana, Eskom, zama.mpondwana@eskom.co.za

 

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