Electricity theft in South Africa is out of control, and very dangerous

D.B.Cooper

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Another report which illustrates the magnitude of the problem comes from the City of Tshwane, where electricity theft and meter tampering cost the metro R416 million in the 2013/14 financial year. This was an 83% increase compared to the previous year.
And best of all, the more they raise the tariff the more they steal, and the more they steal the more they need to raise the tariff to make up for the increased theft! Can't wait to see how this turns out :rolleyes:
 

garp

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There was a recent report that some members of a syndicate with stolen vending machines had been apprehended after generating something like R500m of fraudulent prepaid vouchers. I have a feeling that this is a far bigger problem, one that we haven't even scratched the surface of. The prepaid system is inherently vulnerable as most of the meters are not online, so they rely on an algorithm with a secret encryption key. If that is compromised then who knows how much money is being flushed down the toilet?
 
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There was a recent report that some members of a syndicate with stolen vending machines had been apprehended after generating something like R500m of fraudulent prepaid vouchers. I have a feeling that this is a far bigger problem, one that we haven't even scratched the surface of. The prepaid system is inherently vulnerable as most of the meters are not online, so they rely on an algorithm with a secret encryption key. If that is compromised then who knows how much money is being flushed down the toilet?
Guess if they're not the newer STS versions there will always be that vulnerability.
 

Chris.Geerdts

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There are also numerous industrial meters users who are high usage, and simply don't have their meters read. There are challenges to reading these meters (barbed wire, electric fences, dogs etc) but the problem can be resolved with basic commitment and ingenuity.
 

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The elimination of non-technical electricity losses in South Africa – electricity theft and non-payment – would avoid the need for most load shedding. This gives some idea of the scale of the problem.
Hmmm...I recall one of our forumites commenting -in one of the millions of eskom threads - that electricity theft and non-payment was hardly making a dent on the system. Well, whoever you are (I forget)...there you have it.
 

Sonic2k

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And yet nobody mentions the fact that in some metros, there is quite clearly a METERING PROBLEM... the metering in the substation is not working properly, at least one known case in Tshwane
 

TheGrimReaperUH

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But wait... MNR ZOOOMA promised FREE electricity for all! So everyone just needs to send their EKSDOM bill to him ;)
 

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And best of all, the more they raise the tariff the more they steal, and the more they steal the more they need to raise the tariff to make up for the increased theft! Can't wait to see how this turns out :rolleyes:
This is not going to end well and you are correct the more they put the price up the more will be stolen .
The end result is those that can afford solar power will get that in the next 2 years , the rest will have to resort to theft because that will be the only way to have electricity because it will be to expensive .
 

TheGrimReaperUH

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This is not going to end well and you are correct the more they put the price up the more will be stolen .
The end result is those that can afford solar power will get that in the next 2 years , the rest will have to resort to theft because that will be the only way to have electricity because it will be to expensive .
It's like trying to solve world hunger by charging more for food....
 

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It's like trying to solve world hunger by charging more for food....
That's the South African way, we aren't selling enough so raise the price to cover the deficit rinse and repeat, this is across all industries by the looks of it.
 

TEXTILE GUY

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Well, if Zoomer can get away with a few million, and Juliarse is let off the hook, and petty crime is overlooked ... whats a few watts here and there?

As a nation, the ANC has promised alles for free. Take the land. Free houses and free water and .....

Our moral compass is pointing South ... The ANC ethics on Nkandla have shown us that if its okay for N01 (Tsotsi) ... then its okay for all......

The taxi ous in Durban protested and were let off their fines ... law .... Whaaats thettt ?

We are truely in decline ....
 
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