Dodgy city power cable ‘just a temp’

2009-07-21 00:00

AN exposed electric cable connecting a boarding house to an electricity box in Dean Street opposite the Laager Centre poses a danger to children in the area and is the cause of many black-outs, claims a resident.

The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was concerned that the boarding house may be illegally connected. However, it was reportedly the municipality that did the connection.

The resident said the boarding house is located near a bar and drunk patrons urinate on the box. Moisture then soaks into the cable, causing it to trip the power supply in other buildings in the area.

“Over the past few months we have had numerous electricity interruptions because of that connection.”

The source said the situation has been reported to the municipality many times. “Although the employees from the electricity department have seen the connection, they have yet to do anything about it,” said the source.

This was confirmed by the occupants of the boarding house, who said it was connected by employees from the department. The owner of the boarding house, known only by his first name, Mdu, said: “We were without power for three weeks. When the people from the electricity department arrived to fix the problem, they connected the electricity like that”.

Ntobeko Ngcobo, spokeswoman for Msunduzi Municipality, conceded that employees from the electricity department might have connected the electricity if there was an urgent need. However, it would be a temporary solution, she said. “The municipality will investigate the matter.”.


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