Electricity theft curbed for now

2014-07-18 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipal workers chopped down trees and moved mini-electricity sub-stations in downtown Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday to stop electricity theft.

The activity came after fed-up residents accused the city of lacking the political will to deal decisively with the problem.

Locals have had ongoing outages for months and last week power went out every day. They had to wait until 10 pm on Wednesday night before their power was restored, but the wait was because the municipality was chopping down trees.

The thieves had hung cables over the trees to take them across the road to the Jika Joe informal settlement.

The municipal workers also relocated the problem-plagued mini substation outside Motor City in Masukwana (East) Street from where electricity was being stolen.

Resident Karishma Naidoo said it was bliss being able to wake up yesterday morning to a hot cup of coffee and a hot bath. She thanked the municipality for finally acting on the problem.

“We are often quick to complain, but forget to say thank you. This is a short-term solution, but, we hope it will last until the long-term solutions to electricity theft are found,” she said.

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