120m of copper cables stolen

2016-05-24 06:00
 More than 120m of copper cables are being replaced along AZ Berman Drive following a theft.

More than 120m of copper cables are being replaced along AZ Berman Drive following a theft.

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Work has begun to replace the copper cables stolen from AZ Berman Drive recently.

Subcouncil 12 chairperson Eddie Andrews issued a statement condemning the recent “blatant theft” of 122m of copper cabling along AZ Berman Drive between Spine and Imperial Roads, Beacon Valley.

“The problems of theft and vandalism of City of Cape Town infrastructure have become unmanageable for the City as it affects households which at times are without electricity for a few days,” says Andrews.

Some streets in Beacon Valley have been left without electricity during the repair.

It is estimated to costs around R22m to replace and repair stolen and vandalized cables and equipment at substations, sewage pump stations, street lights and on other Council property annually.

It is unclear how much the repair to AZ Berman Drive will cost the City.

The theft, as well as violent protests, sees millions spent on replacing infrastructure, he says.

“The City cannot fight this alone. The only way to stop this blatant disdain for City property and the communities it services is if all our residents work with us in protecting our infrastructure.Residents are our eyes, ears and partners on the ground and we have to work together. The City would much rather be spending ratepayers’ money on enhancing and improving infrastructure.”

The City has a designated unit to deal with copper theft, called the Copperheads, and forms part of the Metro Police and the City’s Safety and Security Direcotrate.

Andrews adds communities taking ownership of the facilities in their area, ensures more criminals are apprehended and creates an atmosphere where it is difficult for criminals to operate.

“We cannot eradicate cable theft without the assistance of the public,” says Andrews.

Andrews had not comment further at the time of going to print.

V Residents can report tip-offs to the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089. Report cable theft to the Metal Theft Unit control room on 0800 222 771 or 021 400 2828.

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