During the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the sixth democratic general elections with be held on 8 May 2019. Eskom would like to caution all political parties against the dangerous practice of placing campaign posters on electrical structures.
This includes electricity poles, meter boxes and mini-substations. The risk is that when someone gets close to or touches them, it may result in a flash-over or electrical contact, which may cause serious injury or loss of life.
Only authorised personnel are allowed to climb or work on these structures. Section 15 (3) of the Electrical Machinery Regulations states: “No person shall encroach in person or with an object on the minimum safety clearances prescribed in sub-regulation (1), or require or permit any person to do so except by permission of the supplier or user operating the power line.”
Attaching posters to an electrical structure is not only a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No.85 of 1993), but also puts the lives of your valuable employees and volunteers at risk.
Eskom cares about your safety and requests that you refrain from attaching posters to electrical structures to avoid injuries and loss of lives.