During the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the president of South Africa, Mr Cyril
Ramaphosa announced that the sixth democratic general election will be held on the 8th
Eskom in Polokwane cautioned 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.
This can cause serious injuries or even be fatal,” said Communication officer Phemelo Biloane
She added, “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), orrequire or permit any person to do so except by permission of the supplier or useroperating the powerline”.
Biloane said 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 valuable employees and volunteers at risk.
“Eskom cares about your safety and we request you to refrain from attaching posters to electrical structures and in that way avoid injury and loss of lives.”