Electricity poles a potential hazard

2014-12-08 00:00

Accidents waiting to happen

ELECTRICITY staff at Msunduzi should use the load-shedding periods to fix the many hazardous electricity fittings that have wires exposed throughout the city.

Observant resident Erich Dedekind sent photographs of a street light pole with the inspection plate removed and a rather hazardous-looking electrical box in the middle of the pavement that has been “modified”.

He said both potential hazards were seen in West Street not far from the bridge.

“It’s amazing what you see nowadays if you care to travel around Pietermaritzburg, and look a bit further than the obligatory potholes and vehicle-damaging speed humps,” Dedekind said.

P.N. Padayachee from Northdale complained about a light pole that was broken and had live wires exposed.

He contacted the municipal call centre and was given a reference number, but a week later, the problem was not fixed. Padayachee said that staff from the municipality put a tape around it a day later indicating danger. They viewed the problem a few times and drove off.

“I told operator at the call centre that I was going to report this to the media, and she was not bothered and just said they might sort the pole the next day.

“If the live wire breaks and falls onto our palisade fencing, there’s going to be trouble,” said Padayachee.

Witness Warriors followed up and was told that the broken pole had been replaced.

We then checked with Padayachee who responded: “Yes, a new pole was erected today [last Wednesday] and the damaged pole has been tied to the new one. Just half the job really. Fixtures still have to be transferred from old to new pole. It took them nine days to respond. Thank you for all your help. God bless.”

Illegal dumpers

From the many complaints we receive about illegal dumping it seems some of the main culprits are garden services and construction companies.

Another alert resident spotted a garden service truck dumping stones in the open space next to the Jika Joe settlement.

A photograph of the culprit, with the name on the truck clearly identified, was sent to the Msunduzi waste management department to follow up.

Witness Warriors, in collaboration with Safe City, is exploring the possibility of naming and shaming illegal dumpers and helping the municipality sort out this scourge in the city.

Watch this space in the new year.

A bad habit among residents is the dumping of illegal waste outside their neighbours’ homes.

A pensioner has been plagued by such a problem and has dutifully cleared the mess.

However, this week, five bags were dumped in front of her property and besides being extremely frustrated about the unfairness of it all, she does not have the strength to pick up the heavy bags and move them to one side.

Her calls to the waste management centre elicited no response.

Witness Warriors contacted the ward councillor who stepped in to sort out the problem.

If you have had a similar experience, it is best to contact your ward councillor to help sort out the problem.

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