Cable theft silences South Coast

2012-12-21 00:00

TELKOM experienced massive disruptions in the South Coast between Monday and Tuesday evening.

Group communications senior specialist Pynee Chetty in Pretoria said the disruptions were caused by copper cable thefts.

He said the thefts occurred between Isipingo and Amanzimtoti and Isipingo and Richmond, where 200 and 300 metres of the cables were stolen respectively.

“A dual optic fibre break caused widespread service disruption to Telkom’s customers along the KZN South Coast since Tuesday.

“The first fibre break, between Ixopo and Richmond, was detected at 6.47 on Tuesday evening and the second between Isipingo and Amanzimtoti, was detected on Monday at 12.18 in the morning,” said Chetty.

He said the fibre break severed Telkom’s transmission links to and from areas on the South Coast. Voice and ADSL customers and also capacity provided to mobile cellular operators were also affected, he said.

The repairs were completed at 3.24 pm on Wednesday.

“We can’t evaluate the cost of the cables yet, but it has a much greater impact. We also lose the revenue of calls and this impacts on us and also on businesses, the economy, and people’s lifestyles,” said Chetty.

KZN police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the Isipingo police were investigating a case of theft of copper cable.

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