Live, open cables pose threat in several suburbs

2012-07-20 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal capital has become hazardous with part-repaired electricity cables and installations in a state of woeful neglect, complain Pietermaritzburg residents.

Sibusiso Ngwenya sent photographs of such installations to The Witness after trying in vain to get the municipality to respond to an exposed live cable. Council contractors worked on a 380 volt distribution box on Hesketh Drive and left the live cable exposed.

After several complaints, workers returned and covered the cable — with a broken box and a piece of red tape to warn of the danger. Neighbours in the vicinity said the box had been broken about eight months ago when there were two accidents on Hesketh Drive. Yesterday, after The Witness also approached the council, Ngwenya said he was finally happy to report there had been progress.

A team had arrived and barricaded the area around the box. He was hopeful this meant that the next step would be to get a new, secure box to cover the cable.

Roger Fanner sent photographs of a “fix-up” job by the electricity department at the corner of Petrea Avenue and Abelia Road in Cleland.

He said this was done on June 29 and is still in the same condition.

“There are no warning signs anywhere to be seen, no tape blocking the area off. Any child in the neighbourhood could easily injure themselves here if not kill themselves.”

The photographs and details were sent to the municipality yesterday morning.

By 9 pm last night nothing had been done to make the place safer.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma did not respond to queries by the time of going to press.

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