Pylon hadeda-proofed

2014-05-12 00:00

IN what is good news for both residents of the city and the hadedas that flock to its gardens, Msunduzi Municipality has finally bird-proofed the pylon off Woodhouse Road.

The pylon previously caused major power outages in the city each time a hadeda landed on it.

The power would go out and invariably a dead hadeda would be found at the foot of the pylon. The first time it happened in June 2011, former Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma was photographed holding up the dead hadeda.

In October 2011, a Scottsville resident actually saw a bird sitting on the pylon explode into flames. The last hadeda outage was in January this year.

At first it was believed it was an Eskom problem, until the power utility pointed out that the pylon belonged to Msunduzi.

The pylon suffered a further setback in March when one of its insulators broke off, but this was fixed almost immediately.

Professor Mark Laing, on whose property the pylon stands, reported the good news, saying, “The municipality has replaced the absent lightning conductor cable. It installed really effective bird barriers on the two pylons affected by hadedas. They look like a [Christmas] tree!

“So well done to the municipality. The problematic pylon should stop being a problem now,” Laing said.

Residents in the Lincoln Meade, Hayfields, Cleland and Mkondeni areas recently faced several hours without power, but they had been warned that this was for routine maintenance and this was while the pylon was being fixed.

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