Cables stolen again

2013-02-07 00:00

CABLE thieves have struck again in the Blackridge area in Pietermaritzburg and removed 700 metres of telephone cable, Telkom said this week.

It is the second such theft in less than two months. Last month, thieves removed an estimated 2,8 kilometres of cable.

The company had just replaced the cable at the end of January. Just days later, 700 metres of cable were stolen.

Dr Alleyn Diesel, one of the affected residents in Blackridge, said Telkom officials had been restoring services to the area, but residents were still not properly connected.

“Over the past two weeks, the company employees have been up and down the area working on the lines. They have managed to restore the lines for some residents, but others are still without their lines,” she said.

Diesel said there seemed to be crossed lines.

“When we call our lines from our cellphones they do not ring, and yet over the past few days we have received several wrong number phone calls. Some of them woke us up in the middle of the night.

“We are not the only people that are being affected by this because if we are getting wrong phone calls that means that someone else is probably getting our phone calls,” said Diesel.

Telkom said it was working to restore the services and trying to replace the cable because changing the technology, as some residents had requested, was not possible at this stage if services were to be restored immediately.

It would use other techniques like increasing the height of the poles to make it harder for the thieves to reach the cable.

Telkom said customers who were receiving wrong calls should call it so that it could send a technician to deal with the problem.

They said technicians were working with thousands of lines so it could happen that the wires get crossed.

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