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Breakthrough on cable theft

2014-11-14 19:13

The masterminds behind the theft of electricity cables that led to water outages in Gauteng have been arrested, City Power says.

Eskom rebuilds collapsed pylons

2014-07-31 07:49

Eskom says the electricity pylons that collapsed in Soweto as a result of the theft of structural components have been rebuilt, with damage estimated to have cost R2.5m.

Cable theft disrupts East Rand trains

2014-05-14 12:30

Metrorail says trains between Daveyton and Dunswart have been affected after cables were stolen at Alliance station on the East Rand.

Cable thieves caught red-handed

2013-01-17 12:58

Four men who broke into an electrical storage yard and were busy cutting a copper cable worth about R240 000 have been caught and arrested, according to Ekurhuleni metro police.

Cable theft halts emergency services

2013-01-04 10:31

Cable theft has interrupted emergency services in Queenstown, the Eastern Cape health department says.

Two held for R100 000 worth of copper

2012-12-28 12:48

Two men have been arrested after being found inside a minibus full of copper cable worth R100 000 in Roodepoort.

Cable theft costing R5bn a year - Mthethwa

2012-11-20 14:32

Cable theft costs South Africa about R5bn a year, and the "war on cable theft" is being intensified, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says.

Copper thieves part of syndicate

2012-10-09 18:15

Four alleged copper cable thieves accused of causing damage of about R800 000 since July are part of a syndicate, the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court has heard.

Power restored to parts of W Rand

2012-09-17 16:08

Power has been restored to parts of Roodepoort after two acts of cable theft left a man dead, a sub-station aflame, and areas without power.

Roodepoort power station fire causes havoc

2012-09-17 09:28

One person was electrocuted at a Roodepoort sub-station causing a fire which left the area without electricity after an incident of cable theft, Johannesburg City Power says.

Pretoria men held for cable theft

2012-08-22 17:42

Seven men have been arrested for the theft of copper cable from a storeroom on a plot in Byenespoort, Pretoria police say.

Cable theft 'a threat to power grid'

2012-08-04 21:02

Illegal connections and cable theft are a threat to the power grid and should be reported promptly, says public enterprises deputy minister Bulelani Magwanishe.

4 arrested for cable theft in Mpumalanga

2012-05-30 15:43

Three men and a woman have been arrested for being in possession of stolen aluminium cables at Timbavati Trust in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga police say.

Arrest of 3 cable thieves applauded

2012-05-22 14:26

The arrest of three suspected cable thieves has been welcomed by the Railway Safety Regulator and Metrorail.

Limpopo cop held after copper sting

2012-01-22 22:35

A Limpopo policeman has appeared in the Lephalale Magistrate's Court after he was arrested for buying stolen copper cables, police say.

Two shot in copper cable skirmish

2011-12-22 08:55

Police have shot dead a suspected copper cable thief and a police officer was shot and wounded in Soweto.

Cable theft disrupts Gauteng trains

2011-11-29 14:39

Cable theft has caused a delay in train services in some parts of Gauteng, says Metrorail.

Stolen cables headed for Korea

2011-11-10 10:03

Two containers of copper cables and aluminium that were seized at Table Harbour were destined for Korea, police have revealed.

North West cop arrested for corruption

2011-10-27 21:53

A policewoman, arrested for trying to profit from the sale of repossessed copper cable, has been granted R1 000 bail by the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court, North West police say.

Mabopane to Pretoria trains delayed

2011-10-25 07:23

The train service between Mabopane and Pretoria is set be delayed this morning because of cable theft, Metrorail has warned.

Mpumalanga teens held for cable theft

2011-10-18 11:42

Four youths have been arrested for stealing copper cables with an estimated street value of R10 000 near KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga police say.

Limpopo man appears for R3m cable theft

2011-08-31 17:00

A man accused of being in possession of R3m worth of suspected stolen cables has appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court, Limpopo police say.

Peters: Make cable theft a serious crime

2011-08-19 10:02

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters wants copper theft to be classified as economic sabotage and not mere petty theft.

Gautrain apologises for disruptions

2011-08-16 10:13

Gautrain has apologised to commuters after some of its services were suspended due to cable theft and water leakages.

Cops recover copper worth R35 000

2011-08-13 09:09

Police have recovered stolen copper worth R35 000 after pursuing two men in a bakkie in Willowvale, Eastern Cape police say.

 

City Power employees nabbed for cable theft

2014-08-19 11:42

It may be one of the most lucrative operations in South Africa, but it is illegal, as cable thieves working within Johannesburg’s power operator recently learned.

Scrap metal dealer turns table on cable thieves

2014-05-21 15:54

A KwaZulu-Natal scrap metal dealer caught out in a raid just last week has made amends with police by arranging a sting on a cable theft gang.

Gauteng urged to act on cable theft

2013-05-09 11:34

The Gauteng provincial government needs to act to prevent further cable theft after parts of the West Rand were left without power this week, the ACDP says.

2 caught with copper in PE

2013-01-15 17:12

Two men have been arrested in Port Elizabeth when they were found with three bags of copper wire, Eastern Cape police say.

Three held for cable theft in KZN

2012-12-29 07:28

Two men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in Park Rynie for possession of suspected stolen copper cables, say KwaZulu-Natal police.

North West pair held over cable theft

2012-12-04 17:02

Two men have been arrested after being found in possession of suspected stolen cable worth R500 000 in Hebron, North West police say.

Cop arrested for stolen copper

2012-10-31 16:14

An Eastern Cape policeman has allegedly been found in possession of stolen copper, a police spokesperson says.

Thieves leave Viljoenskroon powerless

2012-10-09 11:14

Viljoenskroon and surrounding areas in the Free State were left without power after thieves stole a copper cable, Eskom says.

West Rand theft causes death and havoc

2012-09-17 14:19

Two acts of cable theft has left a man dead, a sub-station aflame, and the Roodepoort area without power, says Johannesburg City Power.

Copper cable stolen from Witbank mine

2012-09-12 19:03

Mpumalanga police are investigating how a group of men got into Xstrata's coal mine in Witbank and stole copper cables.

4 appear for copper theft

2012-08-17 20:18

Four men accused of copper cable theft have appeared in the Queenstown Magistrate's Court, Eastern Cape police say.

Copper theft drops

2012-06-28 15:59

The amount of copper stolen in South Africa dropped from R27.5m in April to R23m last month, says the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Punish cable thieves, union says

2012-05-22 21:02

Cable thieves should be severely punished, the United Transport and Allied Trade Union says.

Cable thieves disrupt Gauteng trains

2012-02-20 08:34

Cable thieves have disrupted trains on the Leralla-Tembisa line on the East Rand, but buses have been arranged as alternative transport, authorities say.

Cable theft hits Daveyton trains

2012-01-11 13:02

No trains are running on the Daveyton line in the East Rand after overhead power cables were stolen, Metrorail Gauteng says.

Men arrested for East Rand cable theft

2011-12-06 17:38

Police have arrested 11 Zimbabwean men on Tuesday for allegedly stealing cables at a cemetery in Tembisa on the East Rand, Ekurhuleni metro police say.

8 arrested for copper theft in Roodepoort

2011-11-16 18:28

Eight people have been arrested at a house in Roodepoort for possession of copper cable worth an estimated R36 000, Gauteng police say.

Cops seize copper worth R2.4m

2011-11-01 18:51

Three thieves have been arrested with R2.4m worth of granulated copper in Brackenfell near Cape Town, police say.

Trio held for copper theft

2011-10-26 18:55

Three men have been arrested for allegedly stealing copper cables worth R45 000 on a farm near Riviera Park in Mafihikeng, North West police say.

2 arrested for copper cables

2011-10-24 14:11

Police have arrested two men for the possession of seven rolls of copper cable worth about R10 000 in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Prasa: Punish cable thieves more

2011-10-12 17:46

Punishment meted out to cable thieves should be much heavier and the crime should be seen as sabotage, says the Passenger Rail Agency of SA.

Man killed in cable theft gunfight

2011-08-30 21:31

Police say a man was killed in a gunfight between police and suspected cable thieves in Gingindlovu, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

8 arrested for Boksburg mine cable theft

2011-08-17 17:31

Eight men, including three Mozambicans, have been arrested while allegedly stealing copper cable from a mine in Boksburg, Johannesburg police say.

Gautrain hit by cable theft, leaks

2011-08-16 07:47
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Gautrain services have been suspended between Hatfield, Pretoria and Centurion due to cable theft, and between Sandton and Rosebank due to water leakages.

Two arrested for copper cable theft

2011-08-11 20:03

Two men have been arrested in Bronville, near Welkom, for copper cable theft.

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