TAFELKOP – Following Sekhukhune Times story on low installed electricity transformers which send residents of Tafelkop fearing for safety of their children, Eskom Groblersdal office has made a promise to send a team to assess the extent of the matter and find ways to fix the problem.
Matshidiso Phaladi, Eskom Groblersdal office customer relations manager, said a team will be dispersed to the area and asses the conditions after which they would see how best the problem could be solved in the interest of their customers.
“We need to find out where exactly in the area the problems are. We will send people to assess the matter and then come up with ways to fix the problem,” assured Phaladi.
This after Tafelkop villagers raised concerns over their children’s safety following lack of fencing around low installed electricity transformers in the area.
Residents told the paper that the low installed transformers have been a problem for them since 2012.
Jeffry Walker, a community leader, said they have sought help several times but nothing had been done to date.
Walker said children as young as four years could easily reach the transformers because they were placed low and were without fencing around them.
“The transformers are posing a serious danger to our children. Adding to the problem is that there is a soccer field near them. We see every day children playing near the transformers and them being children, we are scared something will go seriously wrong.
He said they have pointed this out to officials several times, but nothing has been done.
“Most of the time these children, as young as five years-old could be seen playing close to the transformers. We do not want something bad to happen to them before the matter is taken seriously. This should be addressed immediately,” he said.
Residents demanded that the poor infrastructure be given attention before someone got hurt.
Walker further said the municipality and Eskom needed to act immediately on the problem before a child gets electrocuted.
“This is a concern to all residents. These transformers are all over where there are high mast lights, and pose danger,” he worried.
Walker said the situation has turned their village into a death trap, particularly children.
“They need to be fenced immediately,” he said.