Question NW241 to the Minister of Public Enterprises

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19 August 2019 - NW241

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(a)How often does Eskom inspect electricity pylon; (b) What number of inspectors does Eskom currently have; (c) What number of pylons are there in the Republic and (d) What preventative maintenance is being done on the power lines and pylons?


According to the information received from Eskom

(a) The frequency of inspections of pylons varies between 3 monthly to 10 yearly, depending on the categorisation of the infrastructure.

(b) Eskom currently has 7281 inspectors.

(c) Eskom has a total of 11 599 773 pylons across the country.

(d) Eskom conducts extensive condition monitoring time based maintenance on pylons, and powerlines according to prescribed maintenance standards. Preventative maintenance includes:

  • Vegetation management - monitor vegetation under or near the powerlines to ensure that safety clearances are not compromised.
  • Visual aerial inspections and ground patrol - determine the physical integrity of towers, stays, foundations, insulators, conductors, shield wires and fibre optic system.

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