Building under powerlines

Ezekiel Baruti, Eskom's Customer Relations Manager, explained why it is dangerous to build shacks or dwellings adjacent to or beneath high-voltage powerlines where he says, a fault anywhere on the power line can cause a very strong current to flow down the pylon to the ground. He says a conductor may break owing to high winds or harsh weather and land on a shack/house or a person, killing or critically injuring the occupants. Baruti explains.............. INSERT (Mr Baruti Dangers)Baruti says the safest assumption is that no structure must be built within 40 meters of any high-voltage powerline. He advices resident of Upington and the surrounding to adhere to that advise. Baruti elaborates more...........INSERT (Mr Baruti Distance)  

Journalist: Asathaba Grootboom

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